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Aug 5, 2000

Pennsylvania Firm Recalls 126 Tons of Ground Beef Products

Souderton, PA (SafetyAlerts) - Moyer Packing Co.  is voluntarily recalling approximately 253,350 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today. Last Saturday, the firm voluntarily recalled approximately 346,700 pounds of ground beef due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

The products being recalled today, "MOPAC" pure ground beef, pure ground sirloin, pure ground round and pure ground chuck, were produced on July 19 and packaged in 10-pound packages. The packages bear the plant's establishment number 1311, the production date of "07/19/00," and were shipped in boxes weighing 40 to 60 pounds.

The ground beef was distributed to wholesalers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. Products involved in the recall may have been reground and repackaged at the retail level.

Two food chains who use the Moyer products - Giant Food Stores Inc., and Stop & Shop immediately issued press releases regarding the recall.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Margaret O'K. Glavin, associate administrator of FSIS. "Purchasers of ground beef may wish to ask retailers if ground beef at their stores was produced with any of the recalled product."

The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological sampling. The sample that led to this recall is part of ongoing traceback sampling at the plant. A sample of re-ground beef collected July 26 from a retail store tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. The retail store held and did not sell any of the potentially contaminated product. Product from an unopened package of the lot of Moyer coarse-ground beef believed to have been used in the July 26 retail sample was tested, resulting in today's recall.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly pathogen that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, the elderly, 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.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Ella Roush, Moyer Packing Co., toll-free at (877) 926-6937. Media with questions may contact Ella Roush, Moyer Packing Co., at (215) 723-5559 extension 4003.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers August 5, 2000.

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