A Colorado meatpacker is recalling more than 132,000 pounds of ground beef after an E. coli outbreak killed one person and sickened 17 others.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday the beef was produced and packaged at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan on June 21 and shipped to retailers nationwide.
The products include 3-, 10- and 20-pound packages of ground beef under the Our Certified, Excel, Sterling Silver, Certified and Fire River Farms brands with July 11 use or freeze by dates.
Regulators warned that people should also check for the products in their freezers. They advise throwing the products away or returning them to the location of purchase.
In a statement on Thursday, Cargill said all of the affected products have been removed from supermarkets. Food safety teams are reviewing the Fort Morgan facility and others “to ensure we continue to deliver safe food,” the statement said.
“We were distressed to learn a fatality may be related to an E.coli contamination of one of our products,” it said. “Our hearts go out to the families and individuals affected by this issue.”
Food waste is a significant problem, with one government report estimating that 60 million tons of produce — worth about $160 billion — goes to waste.
Not only is that tragic on its face, since there are a lot of hungry people out there, but it’s bad for the planet, too. Much of the food we throw out ends up in landfills or combustion facilities.
There are some simple things both we as consumers and business owners can do to help deal with this issue. I spoke with Stephanie Izard, a Chicago-based award-winning restauranteur and one-time winner of Top Chef, about this issue and to get her tips on how to do your part. She also shared an easy way to save leftover nachos, in case you happen to have a party for some sports game this Sunday.