October 16, 2001
Pennsylvania Establishment Recalls Small Amount of Ground Beef
Sharon, Pa. (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Sharon Packing Co. Inc. is recalling approximately
545 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with E.
This is the first public notice of
recall issued by the FSIS.
The products being
Cases of "SHARON PACKING COMPANY, INC. BULK PATTY MIX." The cases were
packed to order containing unlabeled 5 lb. bags. Each case is marked with
the case code "SP243," 10 lb. cases of "SHARON PACKING COMPANY, INC. BEEF
PATTIES," containing an unlabeled 10 1b. bag. Each case is marked with the
case code "SP358." Each case is marked with the date code "A082" and bears
the establishment number "EST. 8550" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The ground beef was produced on Oct. 10 and distributed to restaurants and
institutions in Mercer County, Pa.
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of
meat products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7,
diners may wish to ask if meals made with ground beef contain the recalled
product," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator.
The problem was discovered through routine microbiological sampling.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria 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 and media with questions about the recall may contact David Mogg,
manager, Sharon Packing Co. Inc., at (724) 346-5574.