Toledo is going through an ecoli outbreak, in which Wolverine Distributing recently recalled 1.8 million pounds of ground beef across several states. At first, reports suggested a focus on only restaurants during a brief point in the shipping process, and now, GFS has been linked to Wolverine. A few months ago a California distributor recalled a lot of product and I went to Churchill’s to find out whether their beef came from the west coast. They couldn’t answer the question, and as it turns out, the majority of grocery stores, as well as a whole bunch of restaurants, won’t know for certain where their beef originated. If the problem is solely ground beef, consider all the restaurants and grocery stores that offer pre-packaged beef: burgers, pastas, as well as any other place with ground beef on the menu (think about it: what restaurant, other than Mancy’s Steak House, seriously has the capabilities to grind beef?); there’s also grocery stores like GFS, Kroger, Meijer, and Churchill’s who sell pre-packaged ground beef. Furthermore, the vast majority of these places can’t say for certain where their product originated from, and that’s because most of it was ordered through Wolverine. If you want to be safe, avoid all forms of Wolverine’s beef. Problem, then, is that 90% of Toledo beef is processed by Wolverine.