Post # 1
Here, there is a huge beef recall. Basically, if you’ve bought any ground beef product from any of the major grocery stores, you have to check the numbers on it, and every day they are expanding what’s being included.
We have beef in our freezer that we bought within the recall period, but DH put it in plastic bags before freezing it and he tossed the original packaging.
Should we try to take it back to the store (I would be happy with a GC), or just toss the meat?
Post # 3
Also, do people do anything to avoid this situation, like keeping the package info?
If so how? Do you rewrite all of it, or put it with one of the sets in the freezer?
Post # 4
Do you have a link to the recall? They say always keep the stickers with the foods but I dont. Most of our meat is bought from local stock so I guess I dont worry about it as much.
Post # 5
I’m planning to just cook it really well and hope for the best. I always buy the massive family packs and divide it up into smaller portions, and only mark it with the date that I stuck it in the freezer, so quite honestly, I’d have no idea if any of it is affected. We typically buy it from Save-On though, which last recall commercial I heard wasn’t included, but that may have changed.
but I’m interested to see what others say.
Post # 6
I just don’t see us being organized enough to keep the stickers, as you would have to make sure that’s the pack you use last! lol Maybe someday.
@SapphireSun: Interesting about Save-On! Even the CO-OP was included. I don’t go there as often as there are 3 major grocery stores plus an Italian market within walking distance and they are not. I wonder who their main supplier is though.
Post # 7
@AB Bride: yeah, I just went to double check that it hadn’t been added, and it seems like Save-on/overwaitea/pricesmart are still not included. Soooo… fingers crossed that it stays that way since we’ve been eating it. No ill effects so far though!
Post # 8
Last I heard they have been saying ‘if in doubt, toss it out’ but also no reported illnesses in connection with the recalled meats. But if you’re concerned and unsure, just toss it. Luckily it’s just ground beef and not the tenderloins!!
Post # 9
Glad I am vegan, my FI is not however and loves his ground beef…
Post # 10
I am not in Canada, but I can’t imagine tossing out ground beef. I’d probably cry! Hahaha. Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t do it. It’s so expensive here in the States. Over $3 a lb. FI and I had to wait and stalk out the ground beef on sale yesterday at the store. It was so sad. Haha. Is it just as expensive there or is that a norm for you guys? Super curious!
I’m like most of you though. FI and I will go to Costco and buy the 6.5lb ground beef for $20 and divide it. It usually lasts all month or maybe longer depending on what meals we want to cook.
Post # 11
What is more important to you? Losing a bit of money or your health?
Post # 12
@AB Bride: I’d try to take it back before I just tossed it. Given the size of the recall, you might be surprised.
We ended up taking frozen ground beef that we had portioned out back to Costco. Admittedly, we didn’t have a receipt, but because of the membership, they track what you buy. My DH said that it was really easy to just get cash for the meat.
I’m almost 36 weeks pregnant, so we really didn’t want to take the risk. I’d honestly toss the meat if you can’t get cash or store credit.
Post # 13
Yeah, we won’t be eating it, even though we had some before the recall and were fine. I just figured that should be part of the poll 🙂
At least we didn’t do a big batch of something and have that all frozen, I know some people who tossed out meals.
DH estimates it was a $20-$30 package, so it would just be nice to get something back!
Post # 14
Have you seen food inc.? I would never eat it, if it’s ecoli 0157 you could really be hurt. People die. Not worth a little $$ in my opinion.
Post # 15
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I don’t know if you’ll be able to get money back since you opened the package. We eat ground turkey (generally healthier for us, and cheaper) so we don’t really need to worry about that. 🙂
Post # 16
@happyface: because we never see recalls on fruits, salad, or other non-meat items that don’t have the benefit of being cooked to a high temperature first
@AB Bride: You could try to take it back to the store, but without the original packaging, you probably won’t have much luck.
And this is why it’s always important to cook your food to the proper temperatures – recalls that come out weeks or months later don’t really help the people who ate it right away. I pretty much treat all our meat like it could potentially be contaminated and just make sure to handle it properly – heat it well and be sure to throroughly clean any surfaces it comes in contact with!