Recall includes 600 pounds of beef sold in NorthwestApr 22, 2007 | www.oregonlive.com
The voluntary recall of some 100,000 pounds of potentially contaminated frozen ground beef products involves 600 pounds sold to food-service distributors who typically supply restaurants and schools in Oregon and Washington.
The 600 pounds that came to the Pacific Northwest carries labels from either Richwood or Fireriver brands, Steve Wood, vice president of Richwood Meat Co. Inc. of Merced, Calif., said Saturday.
U.S. and California officials warned Friday that the meat was possibly contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, a potentially fatal bacterium. It is particularly dangerous for the very young, the elderly and people with weak immune systems.
Richwood produced the ground beef April 28, 2006. The packages, Wood said, carry datemarks listed in any of three ways: 4-28-2006, or 118 06, or 118-6.
U.S. and California officials said 107,943 pounds went to food services, food distributors, discount stores and grocers in Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The stores included Winco.
A spokesman for Winco could not be reached for comment. But Wood said his records showed none of the potentially contaminated meat had gone to Winco's regional distribution site in Woodburn.
Wood said Richwood Meats had sold 600 pounds in sixty 10-pound packages to institutional distributors in Seattle and Spokane who typically supply food-service outlets ranging from restaurants to school cafeterias.
In addition to the Fireriver and Richwood labels, the federal food-safety warning for the entire 100,000-plus pounds also listed labels for Ritz Food Service, Blackwood Farm, California Pacific Associates, Chef's Pride, Golbon and C & C Distributing.