Wisconsin Firm Latest To Recall Possibly Tainted Beef

GREEN BAY, Wis. - A company voluntarily recalled nearly 96,000 pounds of ground beef products after two people were sickened, possibly by the E. coli bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Saturday.

The beef products by American Foods Group include coarse and fine ground beef chuck, sirloin and chop beef. They were distributed to retailers and distributors in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Virginia.

The problem surfaced after an investigation by the Illinois Department of Health, which was looking into two reports of illnesses.

The bacteria is E. coli O157:H7. E. coli is harbored in the intestines of cattle. Improper butchering and processing can cause the E. coli to get onto meat. Thorough cooking, to at least 160 degrees internal temperature, can destroy the bacteria.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and people with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to E. coli.

The products subject to recall were produced on Oct. 10. They were distributed for further processing and repackaging and will not have the company's establishment number on the package.

Some of the recommended use-by dates have already expired. In that case, consumers can contact their retailers to see if the products in question were at stores. Consumers are also urged to look in their freezers and return or throw out the products if they find them.

The products include:

- Bulk weight packages of "BEEF, FINE GROUND 73/27." Each shipping label bears a product code of "65000."

- Bulk weight packages of "BEEF, FINE GROUND 75/25." Each shipping label bears a product code of "65800."

- Bulk weight packages of "BEEF SIRLOIN, FINE GROUND 90/10." Each shipping label bears a product code of "66000."

- Bulk weight packages of "BEEF, FINE GROUND 80/20." Each shipping label bears a product code of "66400."

- Bulk weight packages of "BEEF, FINE GROUND 75/25." Each shipping label bears a product code of "19900."

- Bulk weight packages of "BEEF, FINE GROUND 73/27." Each shipping label bears a product code of "20100."

- Bulk weight packages of "BEEF CHUCK, FINE GROUND 82/18." Each shipping label bears a product code of "20600."

- Bulk weight packages of "CHOP BEEF STEAK, FINE GRIND "86/14." Each shipping label bears a product code of "30000."

- Bulk weight packages of "BEEF SIRLOIN, FINE GROUND 92/08." Each shipping label bears a product code of "30400."

- Bulk weight packages of "BEEF ROUND, FINE GROUND 87/13." Each shipping label bears a product code of "30200."

- Bulk weight packages of "BEEF, FINE GROUND 80/20." Each shipping label bears a product code of "30700."

- Bulk weight packages of "BEEF CHUCK, FINE GROUND 82/18." Each shipping label bears a product code of "31400."

- Bulk weight packages of "BEEF, FINE GROUND 93/07." Each shipping label bears a product code of "31600."

- Bulk weight packages of "BEEF, FINE GROUND 73/27." Each shipping label bears a product code of "31700."

- Bulk weight packages of "BEEF MODIFIED, FINE GROUND 93/07." Each shipping label bears a product code of "31900."

Each shipping label bears the establishment number "Est. 18076" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

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  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Nov 26, 2007 at 07:28 AM
    How about releasing Mr Valentine and his fatuous girlfriend from gaol, temporarily of course, so they can round up this tainted meat.
  • by c Location: fkt on Nov 26, 2007 at 05:02 AM
    I wonder why the FDA cannot do a better job in ensuring that our food is safe to consume! We do not have any idea what we are really eating! Could this be why cancer is on the rise? The FDA has become a big joke and needs to be revamped. I don't trust them anymore! I'll go back to eating deer meat so I know what I am eating because I kill them and "process" them myself! It's got to be safer than this beef that seems to always be recalled!
  • by Edna Location: Whitley County on Nov 25, 2007 at 04:31 PM
    Here we go again. More fear of the foods we eat. Maybe we need to investigate the people who supposedly make our food safe to eat!

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