November 3–Another day and another recall — this time over a million pounds of ground beef based on the possibility of E.coli O157:H7. Simply the possibility of E.coli is enough to pull millions of pounds of ground beef off the market.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Investigation Service (FSIS), Cargill Meat Solutions Corp., a Wyalusing, Pa., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,084,384 million pounds of ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
Many grocery stores are affected — Wegman’s, Giant Eage, Shop Rite, Shop & Stop, Century Farm, Weis, and more. You can check the ground beef product labels here.
Each package or label bears the establishment number 9400 inside the USDA mark of inspection.
As the use/freeze-by dates for products subject to this recall have expired, consumers are urged to look in their freezers for these products and return or discard them if found.
In addition to the above listed products, there are various weights and varieties of ground beef, ground chuck, and ground sirloin product that are distributed for further processing and repackaging and will not bear the recalling firm’s establishment number on the package.
The ground beef products subject to recall were produced between Oct. 8 and 11, 2007, and were distributed to retail establishments nationwide.
The problem was discovered by FSIS through follow-up investigation and sampling after a positive E. coli at another federal establishment. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company toll-free hotline at (877) 455-1034.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illnesses.