July 3, 2008

Bad Beef Recalled in Wyo.

By Bailey Davis

By Baylie Davis

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CHEYENNE - Cases of E. coli illness in Michigan and Ohio have prompted The Kroger Co. to recall ground beef products from King Soopers and City Market stores in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.

Three types of ground beef have been recalled:

- Angus ground beef sold at full-service counters - where customers buy custom amounts from a person behind the counter - with "sell by" dates between June 20 and July 3.

- One-pound packages of Private Selection 91 percent lean natural ground beef sold in self-service counters with "sell by" dates between June 20 and July 3. These are plastic-wrapped tray packages.

- Any Angus ground beef from the self-service cases with "sell by" dates between June 20 and July 3. These are also plastic- wrapped, tray packages.

The products were produced by Nebraska Beef, and The Kroger Company voluntarily recalled the meat.

There was a recall in Michigan and Ohio last week. But it was expanded to other states based on additional information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said King Soopers spokesman Trail Daugherty.

On Tuesday night, "(King Soopers stores) pulled all questionable products and then cleaned and sanitized all equipment and cases and started fresh today," Daugherty said.

Spokesmen at Albertsons and Safeway stores said their stores do not carry this beef and are not affected by the recall.

In a release, Russ Dispense, president of King Soopers, said:

"When we learned of the expanded recall, we immediately took all necessary

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steps to assure that all of our meat departments, cases and products are in complete compliance with the most stringent of food safety guidelines,"

Cooking the meat to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees will kill E. coli. But customers can bring questionable meat back to any King Soopers store for a refund or replacement, Daugherty said.

Proper handling, storage and cooking of meat is the best protection against E. coli, he added.

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