Customers who purchased certain pre-packaged portions of Private Selection Natural ground beef from Dillons stores in Lawrence and elsewhere in Kansas should return the meat to the stores for a full refund, as the beef is being recalled in connection with an E. coli outbreak in Ohio and Michigan, the company said.
The 16-ounce packages - all of them with beef that is 91 percent lean, with sell-by dates of July 11 through July 21 - were offered in the self-service meat case and were the only products sold in Dillons that have been affected by a larger recall ordered by the grocery chain's parent company, Kroger Co., said Sheila Lowrie, a spokeswoman for Dillon Stores Inc. in Hutchinson.
Customers who have a package of the recalled beef should take it back to the store where it was purchased, for a full refund, Lowrie said.
The recalled meat came from Nebraska Beef Ltd., which is based in Omaha, Neb. While the Private Selection Natural ground beef came from Nebraska Beef, all other beef in the store - whether prepackaged or cut or ground in the store's butcher shop - came and continues to come from other sources.
"The Sterling Silver ground beef that customers find in our stores every day is not affiliated with Nebraska Beef," Lowrie said, noting that such products come from Cargill in Dodge City.
None of the recalled beef would have come in contact with any equipment at any Dillons store, she said.
E- coli infection can cause symptoms that include stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever. It can cause kidney failure or be fatal, but most people recover within a week.
Consumers with questions about the recall may call Kroger at (800) 632-6900.