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Attorney: Moran’s Beef recall has signs of national emergency

I spoke with Tonya Mosley of our local NBC station this morning (See Video):

The recalled meat is no longer on store shelves.

SEATTLE – Attorney Bill Marler specializes in food safety cases, and the recent recall of 5.7 million pounds of meat has opened his eyes.  “What’s happening right now is very concerning to me,” said Marler.

The recall is the largest since the ConAgra E. coli outbreak of 2002. Marler says it has all the signs of a national emergency.  “I thought that we the industry had sort of cleaned this up.”

Last Friday, the United Food Group based out of California expanded its earlier recall to include frozen and fresh beef products produced between April 6 and April 20 under the brand names of Moran’s all natural, Miller Meat Company, Stater Brothers, Trader Joe’s Butcher Shop, Inter-American Products and Basha’s.  In Washington State, the beef was sold at Albertson’s and Grocery Outlet under the brand names of Moran’s, State Brothers, and Inter-American products.  In addition, the recalled products were shipped to stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. The affected grocery stores included Albertson’s, Basha’s, Grocery Outlet, Fry’s, “R” Ranch Markets, Save-A-Lot, Save-Mart, Scolari’s Wholesale Markets, Smart and Final, Smith’s, Stater Bros. and Superior Warehouse.

More than 50 people have reportedly become ill. E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause stomach cramps and diarrhea that may turn bloody. E. coli can sometimes lead to complications including kidney failure.

Marler says manufacturers began testing meat before it went out after the ConAgra outbreak. A system was put in place which mandates all meat should be tested for E.coli before being sent out.  Marler does not have a reason for the latest outbreak, but he has a theory.  “It was either tested or not tested before it was shipped.”

This most recent strain of E.coli is very difficult to cook out of the meat. Marler suggests consumers return or throw away all beef bought from mid-April through mid-May.

“I would not eat it, under any circumstances.”

  • e. jellin

    I bought – and ate some of Moran’s meat a couple of days ago
    Please let me the symptoms to watch for, if this was the tained meat you are writing about

  • e Jellin

    I bought and ate some of Moran’s meat two days ago.
    Pleaswe tell me what the symptoms of the e-coli would be, so that I can watch for this, and also “what to do in order not to get very sick”
    I am very old – and concerned about this.
    I froze the rest of the meat, and of course will not use it.
    Please contact me.
    Eva jellin

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  • cynthia mischka

    I have bought 3 5lb rolls of moran beef and all contained large bones. One is very long a sharp and almost cut my inner lip. I thought I broke a took but was lucky. I do not like quality of their beef and want to warn all consumers to check every bit of the beef before cooking it. You most likely will spot sharp bones. I am definitely complaining to the moran company.
    cynthia mischka

  • Connie Baird

    Hello. We bought 5lb rolls of moran beef for 108 enchiladas. We had a little beef left over so I decided to make just ONE taco. As I was eating, I ran into 3 pieces of whatever??? (Bone?) and I was disgusted!!! Who knows about the enchiladas!! I was trying to find the Moran website but could not. I e-mailed Albertsons (grocery store) to get them to PULL MORAN off their shelves! Thanks for your time. Connie***

  • david bleicher

    i am making lasana tonight and found a small black stone, almost glass looking about the size of a dime should i be concerned I removed and saved this and remembered that morans had some kind of recall. the meat looks ok but?? should I worry, I’ll keep the stone? and hope for the best