Consuming Interests: Meat sold at Baltimore's BJ's part of ground beef recall

August 30, 2010|By Liz Kay | Baltimore Sun reporter

If you shopped at BJ's earlier this summer, here's a reason to check your freezer.

The USDA has announced a recall of 8,500 pounds of ground beef that was repackaged for sale at retail locations including 26 BJ's Wholesale Clubs, such as the location in the White Marsh Retail Center, due to possible E. Coli contamination.

The original packages, each containing three 14-pound chubs, had a use or freeze by date of July 1, 2010.

There have been three reports of illnesses --- two people in Maine and one in New York --- due to this meat, prepared by Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. of Wyalusing, Pa.

It's possible that other retailers sold this meat that were not on the USDA's retail distribution list, and it's also possible that some of those listed (such as the Maryland location) did not actually have the contaminated product. Still, if you think you froze some ground beef from BJ's earlier this summer, it's worth checking out.

Now I'm worried ...

... because in an attempt to get the most value (and convenience) for my money, I often buy family packs of meat when they're on sale and separate them into smaller packages that I freeze to use at my leisure.

Usually I mark each storage bag with the contents and the date of freezing. Until now, I've never written the sell by date or the name of the store where I bought it ... but perhaps I should.

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