Following the recall of millions of pounds of Turkey meat last week, there are now new reports of a large recall of ground beef. According to this report,

A major beef recall because of possible E. coli contamination affects Alabama grocery stores.

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. and Publix Super Markets Inc. are recalling certain packages of ground beef mainly in the southeastern United States. The recall stems from meat from National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that National Beef was recalling more than 60,000 pounds of beef after the Ohio Department of Agriculture found the bacteria.

CBS 8 called around to some of the stores in Montgomery. Customer service representatives said to their knowledge that beef did not make its way to their stores.

Publix said if you have purchased beef from their stores in the last week, you can return it for a refund.

The recalls affect products sold mainly in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee, but the meat could have been distributed nationwide.

The agriculture department says there have been no reports of illnesses. The company says it’s investigating.

E. coli can be deadly and can cause bloody diarrhea and other problems.

Why is Alabama importing ground beef? Is this not a product which our local ranchers could supply efficiently. Only a dysfunctional food-supply system would ever suggest it is more economical to ship packaged beef from Nebraska to Alabama rather than allow local cattlemen provide such products to our grocers. As I have said before: a great number of small and medium-sized independent farms and processing facilities are the only assurance of a safe and secure food supply.