Cargill Meat Solutions of Colorado, supplier of ground beef to loads of grocery stores, has recalled more than 12 tons – or 25,288 pounds – of ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food safety and Inspection Service.

The beef was produced Aug. 16 in 10-pound chubs, sometimes sold in that form and sometimes broken up. The 10-pounders were marked “Excel 93/7 Fine Grind Ground Beef.” The use-by date is Sept 05.

This is a Class I recall, meaning high health hazard, in which “there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” No illness or deaths have been reported as of Aug. 28.

If the recall puts you in a beef bind, Jamie Mickelson of Sonoma Mountain Beef just announced a special Labor Day beef sale of her pasture-raised and grain-finished ground beef. One pound costs $7.35 and you can get it from her at or visit her at Sonoma’s Friday morning farmers market at the Depot Park parking lot.