Ground Beef, Walnuts Recalled Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination

Palmer Candy Company also recalled candy over a possible salmonella contamination.

May 08, 2024

On May 1, Cargill Meat Solutions recalled approximately 16,243 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli, according to a notice on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. The raw ground beef items were produced on April 26-27, 2024.

The recalled products were shipped to Walmart retail locations nationwide.

Cargill Meat officials reported the possible contamination after "they identified that previously segregated product had been inadvertently utilized in the production of ground beef."

The agency said that there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products.

Additionally, last month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration also announced an E. coli investigation into bulk organic walnuts from Gibson Farms Inc. The walnuts were distributed to multiple natural food and co-op stores in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming and sold in bulk bins.

The FDA said it is working with the firm and its distributors to determine the source of contamination, whether additional products or states are affected, and identify retailers that received the recalled product.

So far, there have been 12 reported cases of illness and seven hospitalizations in California and Washington related to the walnut outbreak.

This past week, Palmer Candy Company recalled its “White Coated Confectionary Items” because of a potential salmonella contamination sourced to one of its suppliers.

The recalled confectionary items were distributed nationwide in Walmart, HyVee, Target, Dollar General, and to distributors in Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the candy recall.

“While there is a very, very small chance (of contamination), when you are working with food and safety, 99.9% is not 100%. I only want my products to be 100% safe for our customers,” said Marty Palmer, president of Palmer Candy, adding, “That’s why the U.S. food system is the best in the world.”