It is looking like a second dance with BJ’s is in the offing. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service just released the list of retail establishments that may have received E. coli contaminated bologna that has been recalled by Palmyra Bologna Company. The bad bologna, which has caused at least 14 confirmed illnesses in Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, was distributed to the following stores and states:
• BJ’s Wholesale Club (New Jersey): 1910 Deptford Center Road (Deptford NJ), and 152 Route 73 (Voorhees, NJ)
• BJ’s Wholesale Club (North Carolina): 2370 Walnut St., Cary, NC
• BJ’s Wholesale Club (PA): 1785 Airport Road, South, Allentown, PA
With illnesses also in Ohio and Maryland, I would expect to see the list expand over the next few days. Several years ago, we were involved with several E. coli O157:H7 cases in New York and New Jersey against BJ’s and its meat suppliers. One case resolved for $11,000,000.
One wonders if this outbreak will have implications on BJ’s possible sale.