Between February 18 and 24, 2010, Kroger, the country’s largest grocery store chain, recalled five separate beef products for potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The recall information is listed on the company’s Website, but in very limited detail.

kroger-burrito-recall.jpgAccording to the Kroger Website, burritos and tamales containing beef potentially contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 were distributed under the Little Juan, Tina’s, Don Miguel, XLNT, and Deli names. Retailers distributing these brands are Smith’s Food and Drug, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, King Soopers, QFC, and Fry’s. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), however, does not have these corresponding products or brands listed on their current recall list, which FSIS policy mandates.

In January 2000, FSIS changed its policy regarding issuance of recall press releases. FSIS now issues a press release for all classifications of meat and poultry recalls, whereas press releases used to be issued primarily for Class I recalls.

According to FSIS, Class I recalls are defined as situations where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death. Class II recalls are defined as situations where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product. Class III recalls are defined as situations where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

The current recalls listed on the Kroger site would fall under the Class I category.

Food Safety News spoke briefly to a Kroger spokesperson, who confirmed the recalls but failed to provide more information.  A call to FSIS was unreturned.       

  • Ann Quinn, consumer

    Thank you, FSN, for helping consumers find out about little known food recalls.
    Maybe you can’t give Kroger or FSIS a lot of credit here in the
    way this recall has been handled so far. But I do have to say I
    appreciate the fact that Kroger, a large national grocery chain, maintains a recalled food products website. Other large national grocery chains, like Supervalu, to the best of my knowledge don’t do that for their customers.
    Maybe Kroger can learn how to interface better with the government recall system.
    And maybe all food retailers can learn just how anxious food consumers are about the safety of the retail grocery store food supply. Perhaps retail grocers would even consider a customer handout listing their current recalled food products in every store. I’d shop at that store.