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Contaminated beef could reach Alaska retailers

By Kirsten Swann 12:50 PM March 7, 2014

Health officials say retailers statewide may have received beef included in multimillion-pound recall.

Editor’s note: This story was updated March 9 to reflect an expanded recall list and statements from several retailers.

ANCHORAGE – More than two dozen Alaska grocery stores may have recieved beef products processed from diseased animals, federal health officials said.

In February, the California-based Rancho Feeding Corporation recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of beef: A statement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the meat was processed from “diseased and unsound animals … without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.”

While the initial recall listed six states, it has since expanded to include more than 170 retailers in several dozen states. The USDA lists the recall as Class I, which involves “a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

In Alaska, the department said 33 retailers from the southeast to the North Slope may have received contaminated beef products.

  1. Bus Stop Shop, 700 W. 6th Ave., Anchorage
  2. Cozy Market, 6020 Old Seward Hwy., Anchorage
  3. Diamond Liquor., 1901 W. Dimond Blvd., Anchorage
  4. In & Out Liquor, 3601 Arctic Blvd., Anchorage
  5. Mom & Pops Grocery., 3612 Arctic Blvd., Anchorage
  6. Mom and Pops, 6307 E. Debarr Rd., Anchorage
  7. Value Liquor, 11580 Old Seward Hwy., Anchorage
  8. Value Liquor, 601 Dimond Blvd., Anchorage
  9. Value Liquor, 7141 Jewel Lake Rd., Anchorage
  10.  Wine House, 8841 Jewel Lake Rd., Anchorage
  11. Y2K Liqour Store, 6020 Old Seward Hwy., Anchorage
  12.  Mountain View Red Apple
  13. Angoon Trading Company
  14. Swanson’s In Bethel
  15. Big Lake Super Store
  16. Shoppers Cache, 19223 Old Glenn Hwy., Chugiak
  17. N&N Market In Dillingham
  18. Gold Hill Express, 3040 Parks Hwy., Fairbanks
  19. Gold Hill Imported Beer and Wine, 3040 Parks Hwy., Fairbanks
  20. Gold Star Liquor, 1855 Von Horn Rd., Fairbanks
  21. Hot Springs Gas
  22. Fox General Store
  23. Olerud’s Market Center
  24. Hoonah Trading Co
  25. Super Bear Supermarkets
  26. Lighthouse Grocery
  27. Coast Guard, building 26, Kodiak
  28. Nome Trading Company
  29. Badger Gas
  30. McPeaks Badger Store
  31. Seamart
  32. Thorne Bay Grocery
  33. Knik Super Store

So far, federal officials said, there have been no reports of sickness associated with the recalled beef. A representative for  Angoon Trading Co. said the store promptly pulled all affected products when it first learned of the recall in February. Russ Lindsay, whose Omni Enterprises operates both Swanson’s in Bethel and the N&N Market in Dillingham, said the  company received verbal assurance that its wholesaler complied with the original February recall.

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