Stop before you make that shepherd’s pie for dinner if you bought your ground beef at BJ’s, Price Chopper, Shaw’s or Trader Joe’s.
Almost a half-million pounds of beef are being recalled after E.coli contributed to the death of an adult from Albany County, New York who had several underlying health conditions and a death in New Hampshire, where health officials said a patient died of complications.
Twenty-eight people may have become ill in Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts and killed someone in New Hampshire.
Fairbank Farms, a New York ground beef manufacturer, issued a voluntary recall for a line of fresh ground beef sold in eight states, including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The recall affects almost 550,000 pounds of beef produced between Sept. 14 and Sept. 16. The sell-by dates are from Sept. 19 to 28. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the meat was linked to cases of E. coli-related illness in Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts. New Hampshire health officials say one person died and two others became ill.
If you just bought the beef, you should be fine. It’s no longer being sold as fresh product in supermarkets, according to Fairbank Farms.
The bad beef has EST 492 inside the USDA mark of inspection. It was also sold in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.