In a nutshell, ground beef in the Trenton, New Jersey area is being recalled because of possible E.coli food poisoning.
June 8, 2008 – Dutch’s Meat, Inc., a Trenton, N.J., firm, is recalling approximately 13,275 pounds of ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The following products are subject to recall:
• 10-pound plastic bags of “DUTCH’S MEATS, INC., GROUND BEEF
• 10-pound vacuum-packed plastic bags of DUTCH’S MEATS, INC., GROUND BEEF
• 10-pound boxes of DUTCH’S MEATS, INC., HAMBURGER PATTIES
The ground beef products bear the establishment number “EST. 5424” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The recalled products were packaged from May 27, 2008 through June 6, 2008. This packaging date is stamped on the bag label or box.
These ground beef products were distributed to restaurants and food service institutions in the Trenton, N.J., area. These ground beef products were not available to consumers for direct purchase in retail locations.
The problem was discovered by FSIS routine microbiological testing. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult a medical professional.
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.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact company Vice President Al Granaldi at (609) 882-6650.