Whole Foods recalls possibly contaminated beef

August 12, 2008 5:49:56 AM PDT
Whole Foods Market is recalling fresh ground beef sold between June 2 and Aug. 6 because the beef might be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. A spokeswoman says the company has received reports that seven people in Massachusetts and two people in Pennsylvania who shopped at Whole Foods Market became ill.

The company says the recalled beef was processed at the Nebraska Beef plant linked to the E. coli outbreak this summer. Federal health authorities say there have been 49 confirmed illnesses tied to that outbreak.

Whole Foods Market of Austin, Texas, is asking customers who may have purchased ground beef from June 2 though Aug. 6 to dispose of the product and return it to the store with the packaging or receipt for a refund. For more information, consumers can call 512-542-0878.