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E.coli: Another Ground Beef Recall – Food Poisoning

In a nutshell: A Tennessee meat packing firm is recalling hamburger patties and ground beef due to the possibility of E.coli food poisoning.

Dec. 17, 2007– Snapps Ferry Packing, an Afton, Tenn., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 102 pounds of hamburger patties and bulk ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The products subject to recall are:
4-pound packages of “GROUND BEEF PATTIES.”
Various weight bulk packages of “GROUND BEEF.”

Each product subject to recall bears the establishment number “Est. 9085” inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as a “PACKED ON” date of “DEC.11.07” or “DEC.12.07.”

The products were sold at the establishment’s retail counter in Afton, Tenn., on Dec. 11 and 12, 2007.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS testing. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a doctor.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact company Plant Manager Jason Southerland at (423) 329-9989.

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 illness.

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