Wisconsin Co. Details Beef RecallOct 3, 2002 | AP
A Wisconsin company recalling nearly 3 million pounds of ground beef nationwide says its grinding plant has been shut down temporarily.
Mark Klein, a spokesman for Emmpak Foods Inc. of Milwaukee, said Thursday he was not sure when the plant where the contaminated meat was found will reopen.
"We want to catch our breath, go over things with USDA and get their comfort level up," Klein said of meat inspectors with the Agriculture Department.
Emmpak recalled 416,000 pounds of ground beef in September in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, but recalled an additional 2.3 million pounds Wednesday.
The beef contaminated with the harmful bacteria, E. coli, was sold in grocery stores, hotels, restaurants and other food institutions nationwide, the Agriculture Department said. The meat is linked to 40 illnesses.
Klein said the expanded recall includes products marked with the "sell by" dates of 9-05-02, 9-06-02, 9-07-02 or 9-08-02. The packages also include the establishment code of "EST. 20654" inside the department's seal of inspection.
The initial recall included beef packages that have "sell by" dates of 8-29-02, 8-30-02, 8-31-02, 9-01-02 or 9-02-02.