Aug 5, 2000Pennsylvania Firm Recalls 126
Tons of Ground Beef Products
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
"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
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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