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Food Recall Blog: Ground Beef Patty May Cause Food Poisoning

In a nutshell: Ground beef patty may be contaminated with Listeria.

December 25, 2007–The Maramont Corporation, a Brooklyn, N.Y, company, is voluntarily recalling approximately 88 pounds of a beef patty product that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The following product is subject to recall:

2-oz packages of “BROILED BEEF PATTY (MICROWAVE

The products were individually packaged and delivered from 17.25-pound cases. Each case label bears a lot code of “07352” and product number “2801.” Each case label also bears the establishment number “EST. 5370” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The beef patty products were produced on Dec. 18 and distributed on Dec. 19 to schools in the Jersey City, N.J., area.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact company representative Paul Altobelli (718) 439-8900.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS testing at the establishment. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

Who knew you could be so at risk from eating a hamburger patty?

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