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Food Recall Blog: Ground Beef and Steak Recall in Detroit

In a nutshell:  Thousands of pounds of meat may be contaminated with E.coli and served in Detroit area restaurants.

Jan. 5, 2008 – Mark’s Quality Meats, Inc., a Detroit, Mich., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 13,150 pounds of various cuts of steaks and ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

The steak and ground beef products subject to recall were produced on Dec. 20, 21, 24 or 26, 2007, and were distributed to restaurants in the metropolitan Detroit area. These steak and ground beef products were not available for purchase by consumers in retail establishments.

FSIS has received no reports of illness related to these products at this time. Anyone who consumed these steak and ground beef products at Detroit area restaurants and is experiencing an illness should contact a physician immediately.

The following ground beef and steak products are subject to recall:

  • Boxes of “Mark’s Quality Meats, Inc., BEEF FOR INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY, BALL TIP STEAKS.”
  • Boxes of “Mark’s Quality Meats, Inc., BEEF FOR INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY, BEEF NY STRIPS.”
  • Boxes of “Mark’s Quality Meats, Inc., BEEF FOR INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY, BEEF T-BONE STEAK.”
  • Boxes of “Mark’s Quality Meats, Inc., BEEF FOR INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY, BEEF PORTERHOUSE STEAK.”
  • Boxes of “Mark’s Quality Meats, Inc., BEEF FOR INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY, BEEF TOP SIRLOIN STEAKS.”
  • Boxes of “Mark’s Quality Meats, Inc., BEEF FOR INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY, BULK GROUND BEEF.”
  • Boxes of “Mark’s Quality Meats, Inc., BEEF FOR INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY, GROUND BEEF PATTIES.”

Each shipping label bears the establishment number “Est. 8951” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The problem was discovered after the recalling firm submitted a product sample that tested positive at a third party laboratory.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company General Manager Jack Fudge at (313) 554-2500.

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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