Officials from the Walmart in North Platte are reassuring customers that the store's beef is safe.
The announcement comes amid an E. coli scare that has shaken the U.S. and Canada.
According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, about 1.1 million pounds of trim and approximately 1.4 million pounds of primal and sub-primal cuts used to produce steaks, roasts and ground beef were sent to U.S. establishments. The meat was produced at the Canadian-based XL Foods, Inc.
The Walmart in North Platte is on the list of establishments that may have received the beef, as are stores in several other Nebraska communities. Those include Beatrice, Chadron, Grand Island, Kearney, Lexington, McCook and Omaha, just to name a few.
According to the FSIS, the meat recalled was produced on Aug. 24, Aug. 27-29 and Sept. 5. The FSIS says it has reason to believe that beef from cattle slaughtered on those dates was produced under insanitary conditions that made them susceptible to E. coli.
As a result, the FSIS is encouraging those who purchased the potentially tainted products to either return them to the store they came from or destroy them.
Teresa Welch, manager of the Walmart in North Platte, said she doesn't know if there was any bad meat in the store, but everything was pulled off the shelves anyway as a precaution. It has since been replaced with fresh cuts.
"Our meat is safe," Welch said. "But, if our consumers are concerned, by all means, bring it back."
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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