Cargill Beef Recall: Can You Get a Refund If You Bought Contaminated Meat?

Cargill Meat Solutions has recalled 132,606 pounds of ground beef because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced September 19.

The tainted meat has been linked to one death and 17 illnesses. The people fell ill between July 5 and July 25. Symptoms of E. coli include diarrhea and vomiting, usually within three to four days of exposure. Most people recover within a week, but in children younger than 5, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems, the illness can be severe.

The recalled products include the code “EST. 86R” within the USDA inspection mark on the package. This recall follows an earlier recall of approximately 25,000 pounds of E. coli-contaminated ground beef from Cargill that was announced in August.

What to do if you purchased recalled beef

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The ground beef covered by the latest recall was packaged on June 21 and was shipped nationwide. You should check your freezer to see if you still have any of the recalled meat in your home. You can view labels of affected products here.

“FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” noted the recall announcement.

If you still have the recalled beef on hand, you should be able to get your money back. Simply return the affected item to the store where you purchased it and request a refund.

Where was the ground beef sold?

This latest ground beef recall was discovered after Publix supermarkets issued a voluntary recall after it discovered certain ground chuck items were possibly contaminated with E. coli. A wider investigation revealed the extent of the issue.

The recalled Publix products include the following items sold in Florida grocery stores between June 25 and July 31.

  • Ground Chuck
  • Ground Chuck Burgers
  • Gourmet Burgers (Jalapeno & Cheddar, Pimento & Cheese, Bacon & Cheddar, Bacon & Fried Onion, Blue Cheese, and Swiss & Mushroom)
  • Seasoned Ground Chuck Burgers (Badia, Mesquite, Montreal, and Steakhouse)
  • Meatballs (Bacon & Cheddar, Bacon & Fried Onion, Blue Cheese, Jalapeno & Cheddar, Swiss & Mushroom, and Spanish)
  • Meatloaf (Seasoned and Grillers)
  • Slider (Bacon & Cheddar, Bacon & Fried Onion, Ground Chuck, Blue Cheese, Jalapeno & Cheddar, and Swiss & Mushroom)
  • Stuffed Peppers

Publix is offering full refunds on all these items.

Albertsons and Safeway stores in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Wyoming have also recalled beef products produced by Cargill. A complete list is available here. Customers should return the items to the store for a refund. The contaminated meat was also sold at some Sam’s Club stores.

A complete list of stores and products affected by the latest recall hasn’t been released. You should check the packaging of any ground beef to see if it is safe to eat.

Other meat recalls  

The Cargill beef recall isn’t the only meat recall that consumers need to know about. These large recalls have also been announced in September 2018:

  • Bob Evans Farms recalled more than 42,000 pounds of pork sausage links because they might be contaminated with hard plastic.
  • CTI Foods recalled 6,720 pounds of ready-to-eat Philly Beef Steak products because they might be contaminated with listeria.
  • Wayne Farms recalled nearly 439,000 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken that might be contaminated with pieces of metal.
  • Bahar LLC recalled 2,520 pounds of frozen raw beef dumplings because they didn’t undergo federal inspection.

You can learn more about these and other product recalls and alerts on the USDA website.

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