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And the hits just keep on comin’…


As reported yesterday, Whole Foods Market is dealing with a multistate recall of Coleman Natural Beef, which was processed by Nebraska Beef—a company that has been cited numerous times for sanitation and food-safety violations.

It should be noted, however, that Coleman sold its fresh beef business to Meyer Natural Angus in June, but the latter is still allowed to used the Coleman Natural and Coleman Organic fresh beef names. 

Coleman representatives state: “After the sale, all beef production from the Coleman plants in Colorado was moved to a different processing facility…Coleman Natural Foods continues to own and produce all other products packaged under the Coleman brand except fresh beef. We continue to produce our fresh chicken, fresh pork and further prepared items, such as hot dogs, sausage, bacon and deli meat. None of these items are affected by the recall.

“Food safety and humane treatment of animals are two things that we take very seriously at Coleman Natural Foods. As leaders in the natural and organic meat industry, we take pride in our superb track record for food safety and animal welfare.”

And we have another recall to report: Yesterday, Renna’s Meat Market in Fresno, Calif., recalled approximately 780 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli. The following products are subject to recall:

  • Various sizes of ground beef products bearing the establishment number “EST. 27365” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These food service products were intended for restaurant use.
  • Various sizes of custom ground beef products wrapped in unmarked butcher paper with no label. The products were custom orders from the establishment’s retail operation and do not bear the establishment number or USDA mark of inspection.

The beef was distributed to restaurants and sold to consumers in the Fresno area. The recalled products were packaged Aug. 1–8, and consumers may have purchased them Aug. 5–9.

While there are no reports of illnesses, anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult a medical professional. Also check your refrigerator and freezer; discard affected products or return them for a refund.

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