FOOD RECALL: Kroger notifies customers of beef products recalled by JBS Swift beef Co.

Kroger Delta Marketing Area said today that it is notifying customers who may have purchased recalled store-brand beef products supplied by JBS Swift Beef Co., which yesterday expanded its recall of beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Kroger stores in Memphis and West Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Southern Missouri (Poplar Bluff), and Southwest Kentucky (Paducah and Murray) are included in this recall. Kroger is asking customers to check their freezers at home for certain packages of store-brand and store-packaged ground beef with sell-by dates from April 27 to June 1, 2009. UPC’s include 21165800000, 21165810000, 21165820000, and 21165830000 and the package description reads Ground Beef AP2 73% lean T. It’s important to know that none of these items are in Kroger stores today. Kroger is notifying customers with register receipt messages and telephone and e-mail recall alerts if they purchased a recalled item using their shopper’s card. Customers who have the recalled items should not consume them and may return them to a store for a full refund or replacement. As the holiday weekend approaches, Kroger reminds customers to always use a meat thermometer to cook ground beef to an internal temperature of 160° F to ensure it is safe. For a list of safe cooking temperatures for other fresh meat and more information about how to properly handle and cook it, please visit More information about the JBS Swift Beef Co. recall is available online at Customers who have questions or concerns may call 1-800-632-6900.