E. Coli Cases Traced to Whole Foods Beef

Time and time again, we’ve seen that organic, natural, andwhole foods are just as prone to contamination from infectious bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli.

Seven cases of E. coli contamination have now been linked to ground beef sold through Whole Foods Markets in Massachusetts. Officials are urging consumers to throw out meat products purchased between June 2 and August 6.

Massachusetts health authorities are warning consumers not to eat ground beef bought from Whole Foods Markets over the last two months after seven infections have been linked to meat bought there, some after a national recall.

The state Department of Public Health today confirmed the seventh E. coli case linked to ground beef. The people who fell ill — five of whom were hospitalized — had all eaten ground beef from Whole Foods last month. Preliminary results indicate that the ground beef products were part of a nationwide recall of meat produced by Nebraska Beef Ltd. because of possible E. coli contamination.

“A review of records from Whole Foods indicates that some of the stores received product from the recall list,” the state said in a release. “At this time, it is not known why the food listed under the USDA recall was sold to the public after the recall date.”

The statement from DPH also said the grocery chain has cooperated with state investigators.

The products involved include ground beef and ground beef patties from the stores’ meat counters as well as packaged meat found in the stores’ cooler. Any meat bought between June 2 and August 6 should be thrown out, state officials said. Consumers should also check their freezers for meat they may have bought last month and frozen for later use.

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