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September 27, 2007

Health Department Advises Vermonters of Recall of Frozen Ground Beef Products Made By NJ Company

BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health is advising Vermonters to check for frozen ground beef products made by the Topps Meat Company, LLC,of Elizabeth, NJ. The company recalled approximately 331,582 pounds of frozen ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Twenty-one cases of E. coli in eight states have been reported that are possibly associated with the recall of the ground beef. No illnesses related to the frozen patties have been reported in Vermont.

The beef products were produced on June 22, July 12 or July 23 and were distributed to food service institutions and retail establishments nationwide.

E. coli 0157:H7 is known for causing severe diarrhea from undercooked hamburgers. E. coli 0157:H7 can severe bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Sometimes the infection causes non-bloody diarrhea or no symptoms.

Usually little or no fever is present, and the illness resolves in five to ten days. In children under five years of age and the elderly, the infection can cause a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome, in which the red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys fail.

The organism lives in the intestinal tracts of animals and humans and can also be spread when feces from contaminated food or water is transmitted from human to human or animal to human.

Anyone with bloody diarrhea, or diarrhea and a fever, should contact their healthcare provider. Anyone who discovers the product in their freezer should throw it away without opening the package or letting it thaw, or contact the Health Department at 802-863-7240 or 1-800-640-4374.

The products subject to recall include:

· 10-pound boxes of “BUTCHER’S BEST 100 ALL BEEF PATTIES 75/25, 6 OZ. FLAT, 27 PIECES.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”

· 10-pound boxes of “BUTCHER’S BEST 100 ALL BEEF PATTIES 75/25, 4 OZ. (4-1), 40 PIECES.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”

· 10-pound boxes of “KOHLER FOODS 4 OZ. FLAT HAMBURGER, CODE: 60100, 40 PCS.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”

· 10-pound boxes of “KOHLER FOODS 6 OZ. FLAT HAMBURGER, CODE: 60200, 27 PCS.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”

· 10-pound boxes of “KOHLER FOODS 8 OZ. FLAT HAMBURGER, CODE: 60300, 20 PCS.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”

· 10-pound boxes of “SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT, 100 PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGERS 80/20, 8 OZ. FLAT, 20 COUNT.” Each box bears a packed-on date of “JUN 22 07.”

· 10-pound boxes of “SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT, 100 PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGERS 85/15, 6 OZ. FLAT, 27 COUNT.” Each box bears a packed-on date of “JUN 22 07.”

· 2-pound boxes of “Topps 100 Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 8 Quarter Pounders.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 12 08.”

· 2-pound boxes of “Topps 100 Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 3 OZ., 10 COUNT.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 12 08.”

3-pound boxes of “Topps 100 Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 6 OZ. PUB Burgers.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08.”

· 3-pound boxes of “Topps 100 Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 12 Quarter Pounders.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08,” “JUL 12 08” or “JUL 23 08.”

· 3-pound boxes of “Topps 100 Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 16 Hamburgers.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”

· 5-pound boxes of “Topps 100 Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 20 Quarter Pounders.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08,” “JUL 12 08” or “JUL 23 08.”

· 8-pound boxes of “Topps 100 Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 32 Quarter Pounders.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08.”

· 10-pound boxes of “Topps 100 PREMIUM HAMBURGERS 5 OZ. (1/2”).” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08.”

· 10-pound boxes of “Topps HAMBURGERS, 3.2 OZ, 50 COUNT.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 12 08.”

· 10-pound boxes of “Topps 100 PREMIUM HAMBURGERS, 8 OZ. (Pub Burger).” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”

· 10-pound boxes of “Topps 100 PREMIUM HAMBURGERS, 4 OZ. (4-1) Homestyle.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”

· 10-pound boxes of “WESTSIDE, 100 PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 8 OZ FLAT, 20 COUNT.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08.”

· 10-pound boxes of “WESTSIDE, 100 PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 6 OZ FLAT, 27 COUNT.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08.”

· 10-pound boxes of “WESTSIDE, 100 PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 5 OZ FLAT, 32 COUNT.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08.”

Each package also bears the establishment number “Est. 9748” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

For more information on the recall visit: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fsis_Recalls/

Source: Department of Health
Last Updated at: September 27, 2007 15:41:47