March 22, 2017

Do Not Eat “Tiger Meat” This Holiday Season

The USDA is asking consumers to not eat so called "tiger meat" this holiday season. This unusual dish, which is served in the Midwestern states with German heritage, is made of raw ground beef mixed with raw eggs and seasonings. It is also called "cannibal sandwich" or "steak tartare." In 2013, an E. coli outbreak linked to tiger meat was reported in Wisconsin. Three people were sickened in that outbreak. A recall of ground beef from Glenn’s Market and Catering in Watertown, Wisconsin was tied to that outbreak. All ground meats should be cooked to at least 160°F as tested with a food thermometer. Eating raw ground beef, pork, seafood, or poultry is never safe. Bacteria is often present on the cuts of meat used to make these products. When the meat is ground, the bacteria are … [Read more...]

Top 10 Multistate Outbreaks of 2016: Number 7 Adams Farm E. coli

The seventh largest multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2016 was the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to beef products made by Adams Farm. Eleven people in five states were sickened in this outbreak. The case count by state is: Connecticut (2), Massachusetts (5), Pennsylvania (2), Virginia (1), and West Virginia (1). Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 27, 2016 to September 10, 2016. Patients ranged in age from 1 year to 74. Seven of those sickened in this outbreak were hospitalized, and one person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious condition that can cause kidney failure. No deaths were reported. Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory evidence indicated that beef products produced by Adams Farm Slaughterhouse in Athol, Massachusetts were the likely … [Read more...]

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...]

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