Chipotle isn't the only mega-food retailer that's grappled with large-scale outbreaks of food-borne illness, as several large supermarket chains are currently proving. Marcho Farms, a supplier of meat for several notable chains such as Safeway, Gelson's, Stew Leonard's and Albertsons, has recalled 5,620 pounds of boneless veal, ground veal, beef and pork, it was announced by the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service on Thursday.
The E.coli outbreak, which affects stores in Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, was first noticed by the Illinois State Meat Inspection Service. The recall was issued by the Pennsylvania-based meat supplier for the products issued between April 11-14.
Although no cases of adverse reactions have been reported, according to the USDA, E.coli has proven to be a nightmare when it strikes in large quantities. Chipotle had to temporarily shutter 43 stores in the Pacific Northwest in a multi-state outbreak that started in 2015, and the deluge of bad PR that followed afterward was nothing short of a calamity for the company.