City Market, King Soopers recall tainted ground beef

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— After a sampling showed traces of E. Coli.

Bob Nourse, director of meat and seafood sales for King Soopers, said the only meat affected by the recall is labeled ''sell by Oct. 5.''

An inspector with the U.S. Department of Agriculture tested a sample of ground beef at an undisclosed King Soopers store on Monday. The agency notified the chain Wednesday that E. coli had been detected.

The meat in question was sold at 118 King Soopers and City Market stores throughout the state. Customers who still have the ground beef may exchange it or get a refund.

''King Soopers is doing the responsible thing of requesting customers check their supplies of ground beef,'' said Roger Wilson, chief of the food safety programs for the Department of Public Health and Environment.

Customers who ate the tainted beef but cooked it thoroughly won't become ill because ground beef cooked to 160 degrees kills E. coli, Wilson said. A hamburger cooked rare would fall below that level.

E. coli can cause bloody diarrhea and intense abdominal cramps and in some instances can be fatal. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable.

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