Kroger Recalls Ground Beef Amid e. Coli concerns

People across the state are getting set for Fourth of July cookouts, but they may want to check their meat before they cook any hamburgers.

Kroger grocery stores are recalling certain brands of ground beef in more than 20 states, including Kentucky. Company officials say the meat could be contaminated with E. Coli bacteria.

The contaminated beef originated in Nebraska.

You should check the ground beef in your refrigerator and freezer to make sure it isn't a part of this recall. If some of your meat is part of the recall. you can return the product to a Kroger store for a full refund.

Based on the latest information from the USDA, Kroger is expanding the recall to include ground beef products in Styrofoam tray packages wrapped in clear cellophane or purchased from an in-store meat counter from the stores described below.

The following chart explains the range of "sell by" dates that customers should check:

Fred Meyer May 21-July 5
QFC May 21-July 5
Kroger stores May 21-July 3

In addition to the ground beef described above, Kroger is recalling Private Selection Natural ground beef sold in 16 oz. packages that were in the self-service meat case. The "sell by" dates for this product is July 11 through July 21, 2008. The product was available at all Kroger stores.

Ground beef in sealed tubes (1, 3 of 5 lbs.) and frozen ground beef patties sold from frozen food aisle are not covered under the recall.

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