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Harrington and Son Recalls Ground Beef Over E. Coli Concerns

Dec 22, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

E. coli concerns have prompted Harrington and Sons of Vermont to recall some fresh ground beef products.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the recalled ground beef products may be tainted with E. Coli O157:H7.

E. coli O157:H7 is dangerous, 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 food borne illnesses such as E. coli O157:H7.

The Harrington and Son recall involves 68 lbs of ground beef products.  Those products involved in the recall are:

  • 10-pound cryovaced packages of "LaPLATTE RIVER ANGUS FARM, LLC NATURALGROUND BEEF."
  • 1.5-pound cryovaced packages of "LaPLATTE RIVER ANGUS FARM, LLC NATURALGROUND BEEF."

Each package label bears the establishment number "EST. 8751" inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as the identifying case code "093491." The products were produced on December 15, 2009, and were distributed to restaurants and a retail establishment in Chittenden County, Vermont.

The recall is a Class I, which means that the health risk is high and that this is a health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.  To date, the FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products; however, individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

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