• Publix recalls ground beef products because of possible E. coli contamination

    By: Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    LAKELAND, Fla. -

    Publix Super Markets Inc., based in Lakeland, Florida, is recalling more than two dozen ground beef products that may be contaminated with a highly virulent strain of the E. coli bacteria called Escherichia coli 026.

    The products were shipped to 24 counties in Florida, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced. The counties include Orange and Hillsborough counties. To see the complete list, click here

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    The meat products were bought between June 25, 2018 and July 31, 2018, and have sickened at least 18 people, mostly in Florida, between July 5 and July 31, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    An investigation revealed that the victims reported eating ground chuck products bought at Publix grocery stores, but USDA officials said they have not, yet, identified the source of the contamination.

    The agency is urging consumers to check their meat products, including any frozen products, to make sure they don’t have any meat sold at Publix stores between June 25 and July 31. Throw out any possible contaminated products or return them to the store. 

    Escherichia coli, which is abbreviated as E.coli, are bacteria found in the environment, foods and intestines of humans and animals. Most strains are harmless, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but some strains can cause sickness. Likely symptoms of contamination include diarrhea and stomach cramping, but in more severe causes, victims can develop urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, pneumonia and other illnesses, the CDC reported.

    Here is a list of the meat products under recall from Publix stores in Florida:

    Bacon & cheddar burgers 

    Bacon & cheddar meatballs 

    Bacon & cheddar slider

    Bacon & fried onion burger 

    Bacon & fried onion meatball 

    Bacon & fried onion slider

    Badia seasoned ground chuck burger 

    Blue cheese burgers 

    Blue cheese meatballs 

    Blue cheese slider 

    Ground chuck 

    Ground chuck burgers 

    Ground chuck for chili 

    Ground chuck for meat loaf 

    Ground chuck slider 

    Jalapeno & cheddar slider 

    Jalapeno and cheddar burger 

    Jalapeno and cheddar meatballs 

    Meat loaf grillers 

    Mesquite seasoned ground chuck burger

    Montreal seasoned chuck burger 

    Seasoned meatloaf (oven ready) 

    Spanish meatballs 

    Steakhouse seasoned ground chuck burger

    Stuffed peppers (oven ready) 

    Stuffed pimento cheese burger 

    Swiss & mushroom burger 

    Swiss & mushroom meatball 

    Swiss & mushroom slider

    The USDA said the items were shipped to Publix Super Market stores in the following Florida counties:

    Brevard

    Charlotte

    Citrus

    Collier

    DeSoto

    Flagler

    Hernando

    Highlands

    Hillsborough

    Indian River

    Lake

    Lee

    Manatee

    Marion

    Orange

    Osceola

    Pasco

    Pinellas

    Polk

    Sarasota

    Seminole

    St. Lucie

    Sumter

    Volusia

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