(VERNON, Calif.) - United Food Group LLC in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is conducting a voluntary recall of 75,000 pounds of ground beef that is believed to be contaminated with the E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria.
The fresh ground beef chubs subject to recall were produced at United Food Group's facility in Vernon on April 20th, and were distributed under the brand names Moran's All Natural, Stater Bros., and Inter-American Products, Inc.
The recalled products were available at Albertson's, Grocery Outlet, Fry's, Save-A-Lot, Save-Mart, Smart and Final, Smith's, and Stater Bros., in 11 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Montana.
Stores in the 11 states confirmed that none of the recalled product remains available for sale and all products currently in stock are not part of the recalled product.
Consumers in the 11 states who may be concerned about Moran's All Natural ground beef, Stater Bros., and Inter-American Products Inc. fresh chubs may contact United Food Group's 24-hour toll-free hotline at (800) 325-4164 for assistance.
"Our company's paramount concern is for the safety and health of consumers who have purchased our products, and we have been working closely with the USDA to ensure that the recall is completed successfully," said Todd Waldman, senior vice president for United Food Group.
"Given our long history of focusing on product safety and our standards of excellence, we will err on the side of being cautious with this recall."
Consumers are reminded that ground beef cooked to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees F will kill harmful bacteria and is safe to eat. The best way to be sure ground beef is properly cooked is to use an accurate food thermometer.
For more information about food safety, visit the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service Web site, fsis.usda.gov, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, cdc.gov.