October 26, 2016

Silver Springs Farms Recall of Beef for E. coli O157:H7 Expands

The recall of beef products for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination by Silver Springs Farms in Pennsylvania is expanding. The original release was issued on September 30, 2016. This update includes more products produced from and/or commingled with the source material implicated in the original recall. The first recall was for 740 pounds of ground beef. The expansion includes an additional 7,203 pounds of ground beef patties and burgers, and an "undetermined" amount of sandwich steak products for a total of 7,970 pounds. There have been no reports of illness associated with the consumption of these products. The recall is for 20-pound cases containing 4 packages of 5-pound ground beef 80/20; 10-pound packages of "Camellia Beef Pattie 80/20" with package codes 6235 and 6242; and … [Read more...]

Paradise Valley Market Recalls Ground Beef for Possible E. coli

The Paradise Valley market in Chula Vista, California is recalling about 35 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The products were made and sold only on September 1, 2016. There have been no confirmed reports of illness linked to the consumption of these products. The market is located at 870 3rd Avenue in Chula Vista. The recalled products include 20 pounds of 15% lean ground beef. This product was packaged to order and sold at the Carnival Supermarket meat counter in reddish plastic bags with a tied knot at the top. The second recalled product is 15 pounds of 7% extra lean ground beef. The product was also packaged to order and sold at the Carnival Supermarket meat counter in reddish plastic bags with a tied knot at the top. While the expiration … [Read more...]

Ranch Foods Beef Recall Associated with CO E. coli Outbreak

Good Food Concepts, doing business as Ranch Foods Direct in Colorado, is recalling 2,606 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. These products are possibly linked to an E. coli outbreak in Colorado. FSIS was notified of an E. coli O157:H7 illness possibly associated with ground beef consumption on July 14, 2016. The USDA worked with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the El Paso County Public Health Department to determine that there is a possible link between the products from Ranch Foods Direct and this illness. FSIS found E. coli O157:H7 in ground beef products originating from Ranch Foods Direct on July 25, 2016 through laboratory testing and traceback investigation. FSIS is working with those departments in … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak in New Hampshire Associated with Ground Beef

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with ground beef has sickened at least 12 people in New Hampshire, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DPHS). The outbreak began in June. All twelve have the same strain of E. coli. There is no word if any of those sickened have been hospitalized. Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of DPHS, said,"The Division of Public Health Services is working with our federal partners to investigate the source of the ground beef that is causing people in New Hampshire to become ill. Ground beef is a known source of E. coli and it is important for people to avoid eating under-cooked ground beef whether at home or at a restaurant. Young children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to severe illness with this … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 Ground Beef Recalled, Possible TN Outbreak

Snap's Ferry Packing Company of Tennessee is recalling 410 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The product was distributed to restaurants in Knoxville, Tennessee and was not sold at retail. There is an outbreak that may be linked to this recall. The recalled product is 5 pound packages of Ground Beef with a packaging date of November 20, 2015. The product has the establishment number "Est. 9085" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The problem was discovered on January 19, 2016, when a positive test for E. coli O157:H7 was traced back to the establishment as a result of an illness investigation in Tennessee. FSIS is working with the Tennessee Department of Health and Knox County Health Department on the investigation. E. coli is a potentially deadly … [Read more...]

USDA Finalizes Ground Meat Safety Rule

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that it has finalized a rule to ensure that retailers can track sources of ground meats. Those products are often recalled and linked to food poisoning outbreaks. FSIS is requiring that all makers of raw ground beef products keep records of the source material so the agency can work with suppliers to recall contaminated products. Ground beef is often made with beef cuts that come from various sources. That increases the likelihood that contaminated meat will further contaminate a large amount of ground beef, and it makes the government's work on tracing suppliers much more difficult. When stores make ground beef by combining beef from different sources and do not keep clear records, recalls become more … [Read more...]

Distribution List for All American Meats Ground Beef Recalled for E. coli O157:H7

On November 1, 2015, All American Meats of Nebraska recalled 167,427 pounds of ground beef products that may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the consumption of these products, at least as of that date. The USDA has released the distribution list of where those products were sold. The products all have the establishment number "EST. 20420" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The ground beef was sold nationwide. A positive E. coli O157:H7 test was received on October 30, 2015 and traced back to that establishment. The retail distribution list for those products has been released. It must be noted that the list may not include all of the retail locations that received the potentially contaminated beef, and some of … [Read more...]

The Risks of Rare Ground Beef: Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has released a new report about the risks of eating undercooked ground beef. Their new test results prove that eating rare or medium-rare ground beef can make you seriously sick. Up to 28% of Americans eat raw or undercooked ground beef, according to Dr. Hannah Gould, epidemiologist at the CDC. All meat is contaminated with some pathogenic bacteria, most commonly Enterococcus, E. Coli, or Staphylococcus. When beef is ground, that bacteria on the surface of the beef cuts is mixed all through the product. And then when the ground beef is not cooked to well done, or 165°F, you run the risk of getting sick. Between 2003 and 2012, there were almost 80 outbreaks of E. coli O157 linked to contaminated beef. Those outbreaks sickened 1,144 people, hospitalized 316, and killed … [Read more...]

Contaminated Beef Destroyed Before Leaving Plant

Officials in Montana say that malfunctioning equipment may have contaminated beef being processed, but the beef was identified and destroyed before leaving the plant. A water machine that is used to clean carcasses didn't reach temperatures high enough to kill E. coli and other pathogens. The ground beef was sampled in a weekly routine and was found to be contaminated. None of it shipped to consumers, according to the Meat Inspection Bureau. The name of the plant and the brand are not being released because no recall was issued. Whole beef cuts are often contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and other bacteria. The bacteria are then mixed throughout the product when the meat is ground into hamburger. That is why food safety experts tell consumers to cook hamburgers to well done, or 165°F … [Read more...]

Tyson Recalls Ground Beef for Possible E. coli O157:H7

Tyson Fresh Meats of Nebraska is recalling about 16,000 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of this product. The ground beef items were produced on May 16, 2015. They are 5-pound chubs of "80% Lean Ground Beef." They have the establishment number "EST. 245C" inside the USDA mark of inspection and a "best before or freeze by" date of June 5, 2015. They were shipped to one distribution location in New York. The problem was discovered during a routine sampling program. The government is concerned that some product was sold and stored in consumers' refrigerators or freezers. If you purchased this product, do not eat it or cook with it. Discard in a closed or sealed container or … [Read more...]

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