Beef products are being recalled for E. coli contamination. Town and Country Foods Inc., of Greene, Maine, has recalled about 2,057 pounds of ground and tenderized beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just announced.
This recall has been deemed a Class I, which means that this recall involves a health hazard situation in which there exists a reasonable probability that the use of the recalled product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death. The following products are involved:
- 5- and 10-pound boxes of 2-, 2.6-, 3-, and 4-ounce “Town & Country Foods XL Hamburg Patties”
- 5- and 10-pound boxes of 2-, 2.6-, 3-, and 4-ounce “Town & Country Foods Hamburg Patties”
- 10-pound box containing variously weighted bags of “Town & Country Beef for Stewing”
- 6-, 8-, and 10-ounce “Town & Country Beef Sirloin Filets”
- 5- and 10-pound boxes containing variously weighted bags of “Town and Country Hamburg”
- 5- and 10-pound boxes containing variously weighted bags of “Town and Country XL Hamburg”
Each case bears a label with the establishment number “EST. 9710” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Also, the products contain the following packaging codes: 10952, 10962, 10972, 11002, and 11012.
The recalled products were produced April 4 -10, 2012 and were shipped to wholesale and retail establishments in Maine. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website at: www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.
The problem was discovered through Town and Country Foods’ lab testing, which confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7. The FSIS and Town and Country Foods have not received any reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these recalled products.
E. coli O157:H7 is a 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 develop an infection from food borne pathogens.
FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and to only consume ground beef cooked to an internal temperature of 160-degrees Fahrenheit. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.
Karen Brackett of Town & Country Foods, Inc. can be reached at 1.207.946.5489. Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative, which is available 24 hours a day, at www.AskKaren.gov or by smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET). The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1.888.MPHotline (1.888.674.6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.