DODGE CITY, Kan. - At least three major grocery store chains are recalling certain packages of ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination.
The recalls at Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co. mainly in the southeastern U.S. stem from meat from National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that National Beef was recalling more than 60,000 pounds of beef after the Ohio Department of Agriculture found the bacteria.
The recalls affect products sold mainly in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee, but the meat could have been distributed nationwide.
The agriculture department says there have been no reports of illnesses. The company says it's investigating.
E. coli can be deadly and can cause bloody diarrhea and other problems.
Update from Kroger
A spokesman from Kroger in Indianapolis says the recall does not affect beef sold in Indiana. The company shared this information about the recall:
Here is the information as it relates to Kroger:
· At this point, National Beef has informed us that the only Kroger stores affected by this recall are those in four states - Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and the eastern portion of Tennessee.
· The Kroger ground beef products sold in our stores in Indiana are not included in this recall.
· A full product list of recalled items is available on our website by name and UPC code. Kroger has also initiated our customer recall notification system to alert customers who may have purchased recalled product.
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