November 03, 2009

Beef Recall and a Link to the Recall Website

If you live in the northeastern or mid-Atlantic states I wanted my readers to be aware (but not overly concerned) that there is another meat recall in your area. It's for ground beef sold at ACME, BJ's, Ford Brothers, Giant Food Stores, Price Chopper, Shaw's, and Trader Joe's.

However the recall is only for the ground beef produced for three days back in September (14-16) and only in 8 states. More than likely, most of the meat has been used by now and it's not harmful as long as it's fully cooked as the heat kills off bacteria.

It's also important to note that there are food recalls every day at the local,state, regional and country level... even though you probably never hear about them and usually no one gets sick. Still, for a public service announcement here is part of the recall article;

A voluntary recall was announced Monday for more than half a million pounds of ground beef because it may be contaminated with bacteria linked to at least two deaths, officials said.

Fairbank Farms of Ashville, New York, said the recall was issued Saturday for approximately 545,699 pounds of ground beef produced between September 14 and September 16 after the meat was "possibly linked" to E. coli O157:H7.

"Any customers from northeastern or mid-Atlantic states who have identified recalled ground beef products should remove the product from their freezers and return it to their stores for full reimbursement," the company said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said it learned of the problem during an investigation of a cluster of E. coli 0157:H7 illnesses in Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts.

The recall was for distribution centers in eight states, but the company said some retailers may have sent the affected beef to other states.

Other grocers may also be recalling the products, which are already at least 23 days past their expiration date, meaning they are no longer being sold as fresh.

For more information on this recall as well as all USDA recalls you can surf their website here.Print Friendly and PDF