SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 24: A stack of ground beef patties moves on a conveyor belt at a meat packing and distribution facility June 24, 2008 in San Francisco, California. Livestock owners are experiencing a sharp increase in the price of corn-based animal feed as corn and soybean prices skyrocket due to an estimated 2 million acres of crop damage from the recent midwest flooding and the continually rising fuel costs. Due to the increase in feed costs, consumers which will get hit in the wallet as prices of meat, dairy and eggs are expected to increase sharply. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The products subject to recall include:
According to the USDA recalll, each package bears establishment number “EST. 20889” inside the USDA mark of inspection as well the Julian dates of “10164” and “10166.” These ground beef products were produced on June 11, 2010, and June 15, 2010, and were shipped to food service institutions in Conn., N.J., and N.Y.
The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological sampling which confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers (including restaurants) of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.
Media and consumer questions regarding the recall should be directed to the company’s Vice President of Operations, Kevin Peterson, at (631) 289-8401, ext. 2222.
Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.