A local store confirmed with the USDA that they did not receive tainted ground beef that is being recalled due to E. coli contamination, despite being included on the list of suspected locations.
A store in Erwin was listed as one of the stores in 10 states that may have received the tainted meat. We called the store to check and learned they checked and confirmed with the USDA that they did not receive any of the contaminated beef.
The USDA's Food and Safety Inspection Service announced this week that 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products were being recalled because they could be contaminated.
A representative for the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the meat is being removed from store shelves. But consumers should return or throw out meat that has the code EST.2574B and a production date between March 31 and April 18, 2014.
The ground beef is sold under a variety of labels, according to the USDA, but comes from Wolverine Packing Co. in Detroit.