Albertsons, Save-A-Lot stores recalling ground beef in Washington

Albertsons, Save-A-Lot stores recalling ground beef in Washington

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In this March 29, 2012 AP file photo, the beef product known as lean finely textured beef, or "pink slime," is displayed during a plant tour of Beef Products Inc. in South Sioux City, Neb., where the product is made. Gerald Zirnstein, the microbiologist who coined the term "pink slime," says it came to him in the spur of the moment as he was composing an email to a coworker at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a decade ago. Although it's been used as a filler for decades, the product became the center of controversy only after Zirnstein's vivid moniker for it was quoted in a 2009 New York Times article on the safety of meat processing methods.


by Associated Press

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 6:48 AM

BOISE, Idaho -- Alberstons said Monday that it is voluntarily recalling a number of ground beef products sold at its stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, due to risk of E. coli contamination.

Save-A-Lot stores are also recalling ground beef products sold in Washington and Oregon.

No illnesses have been reported.

Albertson, which is owned by Supervalu Inc., said the move follows an expanded recall by XL Foods Inc. for ground beef products imported to the U.S. from Canada.

Albertsons is recalling multiple ground beef items sold in all of its stores in Washington and Oregon, as well as three stores in Northern Idaho: Coeur d’Alene, Hayden and Lewiston.

No other Albertsons stores are affected by the recall.

The raw ground beef products were sold at its full service counters at the customer’s request or sold in packaged form with an Albertsons store label between Sept. 3 and Sept. 21.  The products are no longer for sale at any stores.

Customers should return any of the recalled products for a refund or replacement.

The recall includes the following packaged products with the Albertsons store label:

1 lb. fresh ground Beef Patties with the UPC: 7-52907-60030 and “USE BY” date of 9/11/12

1 lb. fresh ground beef chub with the UPC: 7-52907-18271 and a “USE BY” date of 9/18/12 or 9/21/12

3 lb. fresh ground beef chub with the UPC: 7-52907-18251 and a “USE BY” date of 9/18/12 or 9/21/12

For more information on the Albertson's recall: Call Supervalu's customer care line at 1-877-932-7948

Meanwhile, Save-A-Lot is asking customers in Washington and Oregon who may have purchased ground beef at Save-A-Lot stores to check their freezers for impacted products, and to discard any affected products. No other Save-A-Lot stores are impacted by the current recall.

The following product sold from the fresh meat case in Save-A-Lot stores in Washington and Oregon is impacted by the recall:

CASE READY GROUND BEEF 85%, UPC:  7529076002064, USE BY 09/11/12

Additionally, the following pre-packaged products are subject to the recall:

73%-27% 1LB GROUND BEEF CHUB - UPC: 752907-1825, SELL BY 09/14/12

73%-27% 3LB GROUND BEEF CHUB - UPC: 752907-182517, SELL BY 09/18/12 or SELL BY 09/21/12

80%-20% 3LB GROUND BEEF CHUB - UPC:  752907-172518, SELL BY 09/18/12 or SELL BY 09/21/12

80%-20% 1LB GROUND BEEF CHUB - UPC:  752907-172716, SELL BY 09/18/12 or 09/21/12

90%-07% LEAN GROUND BEEF TRAY PACK , UCP: 752907-600240, SELL BY 9/11/12

73%-27% 1LB GROUND BEEF CHUB - UPC:  752907-182517, SELL BY 09/18/12 or 09/21/12

Save-A-Lot customers with questions should call Save-A-Lot Customer Care at 888-725-4537.

More information regarding the USDA investigation of this issue is available at Consumers with additional food safety questions can also contact the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.