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Two Plants Recall E. coli Contaminated Hamburger – People Ill

It seems that the wheels are coming off the meat industry.  Nearly 30,000,000 pounds of meat has been recalled in 2007.  More recalls were announced tonight.

Georgia Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination
Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-046-2007 HEALTH RISK: HIGH

Arko Veal Co., a Forest Park, Ga., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,900 pounds of ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today. The product subject to recall includes:

* 50-pound cases of "BEEF PATTIES MIX," "80/20." Each case bears the establishment number "Est. 20766" inside the USDA mark of inspection and a product code of "502250." Each case bears a production date of "07-Oct-07," "08-Oct-07" or "09-Oct-07." The beef products were produced between Oct. 7 and Oct. 9, 2007, and were distributed to restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. There was no retail distribution of these products. The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological testing. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products

Illinois Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination
Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-045-2007 HEALTH RISK: HIGH

J & B Meats Corporation Inc., a Coal Valley, Ill., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 173,554 pounds of frozen ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today. Each package also bears the establishment number "Est. 5712." The frozen ground beef products were produced on June 12, June 18 and June 22, 2007, and were distributed to retail establishments nationwide.  The products subject to recall include:

* 2-pound boxes of "TOPPS PREMIUM 100% PURE SIRLOIN BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK BURGERS, 6 1/3 LB. HOMESTYLE BURGERS." Each box bears a use by date of "06/22/08."
* 8-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PURE GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS, 32 QUARTER POUNDERS." Each box bears a use by date of "06/12/08," "06/18/08" or "06/22/08."
* 3-pound bags of "SAM’S CHOICE BACKYARD GOURMET BEEF BURGERS, 80/20, 12 QUARTER POUND ROUND PATTIES." Each bag bears a use by date of "03/08/08."
* 3-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PURE GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS, 12 QUARTER POUNDERS." Each box bears a use by date of "06/18/08.

And, guess what J&B Meats had this problem in 2002 and 2003.

  • Thomas R. Spears

    What about Great value stk# 3180 32 1/4 lb patties. are they safe to eat?

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