02 November, 2009

GROUND BEEF RECALL - NEW ENGLAND & NY

This news directly affects my home turf of New England and upstate New York:

Fairbanks Farms of Ashville NY is recalling more than half a million pounds of ground beef which was distributed in New England and New York. The meat is believed to be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and is related to a cluster of illnesses in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine, and has been linked to two deaths - one in New Hampshire and one in the Albany NY area.

According to the USDA, the meat was sold in packaging by the following companies:

Trader Joe's
  • 1-pound packages of "TRADER JOE'S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF 85/15."
  • 1-pound packages of "TRADER JOE'S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF 80/20."
  • NOTE: The sell-by dates for the above two products may be October 6 or 7, 2009.
  • 1-pound trays of "TRADER JOE'S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF PATTIES 96/4 EXTRA LEAN."
  • 1-pound trays of "TRADER JOE'S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF PATTIES 85/15."

Price Chopper
  • 1- and 2.5-pound trays of "PRICE CHOPPER MEATLOAF & MEATBALL MIX."
  • 1-pound trays of "PRICE CHOPPER EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF 96/4."
  • 1-pound trays of "PRICE CHOPPER FRESH GROUND BEEF CHUCK FOR CHILI 80% LEAN 20% FAT."

Lancaster and Wild Harvest
  • 1-pound trays of "LANCASTER BRAND 96/4 EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF."
  • 1- and 2-pound trays of "LANCASTER BRAND 90/10 GROUND BEEF."
  • 1-pound trays of "WILD HARVEST NATURAL 85/15 ANGUS GROUND BEEF."

Shaw's
  • 1- and 2-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND BEEF 93/7."
  • 1-, 2- and 3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND BEEF 80/20."
  • 1- and 3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND BEEF 75/25."
  • 1.3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND SIRLOIN BEEF PATTIES 90/10."
  • 1.3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND ROUND BEEF PATTIES 85/15."
  • 1.3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND BEEF PATTIES 80/20."
  • 3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND BEEF PATTIES FAMILY PACK 80/20."
  • 1-pound trays of "SHAW'S ANGUS GROUND BEEF 85/15."
  • 1-, 2- and 3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND ROUND BEEF 85/15."
  • 1-pound trays of "SHAW'S 90% NATURAL GROUND BEEF."
  • 1-pound trays of "SHAW'S 85% NATURAL GROUND BEEF."
  • 1-, 2- and 3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND SIRLOIN 90/10."
  • 1-pound trays of "MEATLOAF & MEATBALL MIX."

BJ's
  • 5-pound trays of "FRESH GROUND BEEF, CONTAINS 15 % FAT" patties.
  • 3- and 5-pound trays of "LEAN GROUND BEEF, CONTAINS 7% FAT."
  • 2.5-pound trays of "MEATLOAF & MEATBALL MIX."

Ford Brothers
  • 3-pound trays of "FRESH GROUND BEEF, CONTAINS 20% FAT" patties.

Giant
  • 1-pound trays of "GIANT EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF 96/4."
  • 1-pound trays of "GIANT MEATLOAF & MEATBALL MIX."
  • 1-pound trays of "GIANT NATURE'S PROMISE GROUND BEEF."
  • 1-pound trays of "GIANT NATURE'S PROMISE GROUND BEEF PATTIES."

In addition, wholesale cases of 10-pound chubs labeled "FAIRBANK FARMS FRESH GROUND BEEF CHUBS." are also recalled. Each case bears the establishment number "EST. 492" inside the USDA mark of inspection; has package dates of "09.14.09," "09.15.09," or "09.16.09;" and sell-by dates of "10.3.09," "10.4.09," or "10.5.09. These products were distributed to retail establishments in Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia for further processing. Unfortunately, these chubs are meant to be broken down, opened, and repackaged by individual stores and by the time the retail packages are on the shelves the sale dates and original labeling will have been long changed. The USDA recommends that concertned consumers contact their points of purchase for more information.

At the current time, the USDA's Retail List emphasizes all Shaw's supermarkets in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island and all Price Choppers in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, and Pennsyvania.

Important links:

Recall notice on the USDA website
USDA photocopy of various labels associated with the recall (PDF file)
USDA Retail List for this recall (PDF)
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1 comment:

Michael said...

Hum ... I got acute watery diarrhea about 15 mins after eating a very rare burger (it tasted good) today.
Probably was some more impatient and less lethal bug, though. Whoops, gotta go (no kidding) ...