Stores near you may have gotten recalled hamburger


Some of the nearly 2 million pounds of hamburger  in the latest E. coli O157:H7 scare may have been distributed to GFS stores in Pennsylvania, the USDA has said.

The agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a list of stores that includes GFS, which has three locations in our region — in Monroeville, Pleasant Hills and Robinson.

The USDA warns that its list of retail outlets may or may not be comprehensive and advises shoppers to check the hamburger in the fridge. The hamburger that’s been recalled has an “establishment number” of  EST. 2574B and a production date between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14.”  The freezer does not kill this bacteria.

The meat was distributed by Wolverine Packing Co. in Detroit. Eleven people in four states — Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio — got sick after eating at restaurants from April 22 to May 2.

“While none of the Wolverine Packing product has tested positive for the pathogen implicated in this outbreak, the company felt it was prudent to take this voluntary recall action in response to the illnesses and initial outbreak investigation findings,” says Chuck Sanger, a spokesman for Wolverine Packing.

If you’re about to throw some burgers on the grill this weekend, go ahead, experts say, but make sure they are well done — just like your grandma used to do. The inside of your burger should reach 160 degrees to kill the bad bacteria.

You can see the retail locations on the USDA’s list here.