November 3, 2003
Wisconsin Firm Recalls Beef Products
For Possible E. coli O157:H7
Abbyland Meats, an Abbotsford, Wis., establishment, is voluntarily recalling
approximately 78,600 pounds of fresh boneless beef that may be contaminated
with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and
Inspection Service announced today.
The products being recalled are various cuts of boneless beef shipped in
containers of various weights and intended for further processing
(grinding). Each container bears the words "BONELESS BEEF" and USDA
establishment number "EST. 1633" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The beef was produced on Oct. 20, 2003, and distributed to wholesale
establishments in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody
diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and persons with
compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of
this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Media with questions about the recall may contact Julie Jacobsen, company
director of human resources, at 715-223-6386, ext. 7254.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Tiffiny Pierce,
company microbiologist, at 715-223-6386, ext. 7228.