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J. B. Meats Recalls 72,800 Lbs. of hamburger after Ohio E. coli O157:H7 Illnesses

hamburger-recall-JB.jpgAccording to Ohio press reports, J. B. Meats said Thursday that is recalling approximately 72,800 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The products subject to recall are 5 and 10 pound clear packages of ground beef and ground beef patties in various size packages that were processed on and can be identified by the dates Aug. 18, 2010 through Aug. 18, 2011. The product was sold to restaurants in the Cincinnati area, but the company did not say which restaurants.

Each clear plastic bag and label bear the establishment number “EST. 1188” within the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s mark of inspection.

The company said it was notified on Aug. 12 of an investigation of two E. coli O157:H7 illnesses. The Cincinnati Health Department reported there were two patients who became ill on July 20 and 21 that may have resulted from ground beef consumed on July 16 and 17, the company said.

As a result of the ensuing investigation, it was determined there is a possible link between the ground beef products produced by J.B. Meats on July 15 and the illnesses in Ohio.

  • John Munsell

    Are the illnesses associated with this recall linked in any way to last week’s recall in Ohio, impacting National Beef Company?
    Are the production dates of August 18, 2010 through August 18, 2011 correct? A full year’s production? And a full year’s production amounts to only 72,800 lbs?
    John Munsell

  • Theresa Kentner

    For a recall that covers 1 year, this seems like a terribly small amount of meat. More to come?

  • John Munsell

    Looks like this is a small plant, and according to today’s news, it does not slaughter. Therefore, in all liklihood, it purchased meat from source slaughter provider(s) which was already laced with invisible pathogens. If so, let’s see if FSIS can successfully trace the contaminated meat back to the noncompliant source slaughter plant. John Munsell

  • Minkpuppy

    This looks like a very small plant that probably only grinds enough to supply a small number of customers to fill the day’s orders. My estimates put it at less than 300 lbs/day. With the small amount produced, I doubt they’re going to get much of it back. It’s probably already been consumed or discarded.
    It’s also highly likely that they used imported frozen beef trimmings–they have to buy a certain amount of that product so it sits in cold storage for months as they pull out only what they need to meet orders. If that’s the case, it should make traceback easier.