Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War

Read more

FOCUS

Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Terrorist ransoms: Should governments pay up for hostages?

Read more

ENCORE!

Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche star in 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

Read more

WEB NEWS

India: journalist launches "Rice Bucket Challenge"

Read more

WEB NEWS

Russian aid convoy: Mission accomplished?

Read more

WEB NEWS

Actor Orlando Jones lauches 'Bullet Bucket Challenge'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Macron Economics'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Macron-economics, the former banker turned minister

Read more

  • French unemployment rises 0.8% in July to record high

    Read more

  • UN probe accuses Syrian regime, Islamists of ‘crimes against humanity’

    Read more

  • France’s Hollande puts young ex-banker in top economy post

    Read more

  • Video: Iraq’s Yazidis flee to spiritual capital of Lalish

    Read more

  • Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

    Read more

  • Airstrikes and Assad - Obama’s military conundrum in Syria

    Read more

  • IMF’s Lagarde investigated in French corruption case

    Read more

  • American journalist held captive in Syria arrives in US

    Read more

  • In pictures: The ministers in France's new government

    Read more

  • 'Lasting' ceasefire agreed for Gaza, Abbas says

    Read more

  • Far-right ‘Russian Jihad’ fighters cross into Ukraine

    Read more

  • American 'Islamic State fighter' killed in Syria

    Read more

  • Rebels 'shoot down' UN helicopter in South Sudan

    Read more

  • Air France pilots threaten September strike

    Read more

  • WHO seeks stricter regulation for e-cigarettes

    Read more

E. coli scare for organic supermarket

Latest update : 2008-08-11

Whole Foods Market, the top US organic foods supermarket chain, recalled ground beef sold between June 2 and August 6 in several states, after several cases of E. coli infection were linked to the product.

Whole Foods Market, the top US organic foods supermarket chain, announced this weekend a voluntary recall of fresh ground beef it sold since June 2 due to potential contamination with E. coli bacteria.

The recall affects ground beef sold by Whole Foods between June 2 and August 6 in several US states, after seven cases of E. coli infection in Massachusetts and two in Pennsylvania were linked to the product, the company said in a website statement.

The beef "apparently came from Coleman Natural Beef, whose Nebraska Beef processing plant was previously subject to a nationwide recall for E. coli 0157:H7 contamination," Whole Foods said.

This second batch of potentially E. coli-tainted ground beef from Nebraska Beef involves relatively modest quantities purchased by Whole Foods Market, a spokesman for the supermarket chain told AFP without providing a weight estimate.

Nebraska Beef on Friday recalled 544 tonnes of meat products it produced in June and July, some of which was possibly purchased by Whole Foods Market.

Whole Foods has begun an internal investigation after receiving "assurances from Coleman Natural Beef that no product delivered to Whole Foods Market was linked to the (previous) recall" of Nebraska Beef products, company spokeswoman Libba Letton said.

She stressed that all tests conducted with the recalled Whole Foods ground beef so far have not detected any E. coli infection.

E. coli bacteria can produce nausea, diarrhea and potentially lethal kidney problems, particularly threatening people with weak immune systems such as the elderly and babies.

In the United States, an estimated 73,000 cases of E. coli infection occur each year, with around 60 of those ending in death, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Date created : 2008-08-11

COMMENT(S)