Recalled beef off the shelves

Steamboat City Market restocks entire meat department

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Beef recall

The Kroger Co., parent company of City Market, has recalled products from Omaha-based Nebraska Beef linked to E. coli illnesses in Michigan and Ohio.

City Market customers should check their refrigerator and freezer for all ground beef products in Styrofoam tray packages wrapped in either clear cellophane or purchased from an in-store service counter with sell-by dates from June 20 to July 3. Recalled meat can be returned to the store for a full refund.

Ground beef sold in sealed tube packages and frozen ground beef patties are not included in the recall.

For more information or recall information for other Kroger Co. stores, visit www.kroger.com/re... or call (800) 632-6900

— City Market parent company The Kroger Co. expanded its recall Wednesday of ground beef products from the supplier linked to E. coli illnesses last month in Ohio and Michigan, including meat available at local stores.

The Steamboat Springs City Market disposed of all of its ground beef Wednesday, even that outside the range of sell-by dates included in the recall, store manager Tom Bell said. The store's shelves have been restocked with unaffected products.

"We're not even sure that we had any of the affected meat, but we tore apart the entire meat department and sanitized everything," Bell said. "It took us all night, but we definitely don't take any chances."

Ground beef at Kroger stores in Michigan and Ohio was recalled last week. The recall was expanded after Omaha-based Nebraska Beef was identified as the supplier of the tainted meat.

The recalled products include prepackaged ground beef sold on Styrofoam trays wrapped in clear cellophane, and ground beef sold at the meat counter, with sell-by dates between June 20 and July 3. Customers can return any recalled product to the store for a full refund and proper disposal, Bell said.

Most shoppers seemed unfazed Thursday, packing the supermarket for their last-minute cookout supplies. Bell said only one customer had come to customer service to ask questions about the recall's expansion since it was announced Wednesday.

"I've thought about it, but we're not having hamburgers," shopper Deanna O'Mara said Thursday as she picked up her Fourth of July essentials at City Market. "Fourth of July will pretty much go on as usual."

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