Kroger recalls ground beef in Missouri, other states

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 | 7:38 p.m. CDT; updated 12:37 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 1, 2009

CINCINNATI  — The Kroger Co. on Tuesday recalled ground beef sold in some of its grocery stores in several states, including Missouri.

In mid-Missouri, Kroger operates under the Gerbes name.

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Kroger customers with questions can call 1-800-632-6900.

JBS Swift Beef Co. of Greeley, Colo., earlier voluntarily expanded a beef recall because of possible E. coli contamination. Kroger said the suspect beef was sold under its store brands in more than a dozen states.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said an investigation by its Food Safety and Inspection Service of 24 illnesses in multiple states prompted Swift to re-examine its food safety system, leading to the recall.

Kroger says packages with "sell by" dates of April 27 to June 1 are included. They were available in Kroger stores in eastern Missouri; the Cincinnati-Dayton region that includes northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana; and in western Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Illinois.

Kroger-owned Food 4 Less stores in the Chicago area, Fry's stores in Arizona and Smith's stores in Arizona, Utah and other western states are included in the recall.

The Cincinnati-based grocer is notifying customers who use its loyalty cards by telephone and e-mail alerts. All customers can return the recalled beef for a refund.

Spokeswoman Meghan Glynn said Tuesday she wasn't aware of any Kroger customers reporting illness from the beef.

E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure.

Some other grocery retailers are also affected, such as Scarborough, Maine-based Hannaford Supermarkets. It is urging customers in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont to check freezers for the recalled beef.

Kroger operates 2,475 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states, under two dozen local banners including Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, Fry's, King Soopers, Smith's, Dillons, QFC and City Market.

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