November 12, 2001Korte & Co Recalls Ground Beef
Easton, Pa. (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Korte & Co., Inc. is
pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
This is the first public notice of
recall issued by the FSIS.
The products being
Cases of "KORTE COMPANY, INC. Ground Beef." The cases were packed to order
containing individual packages of various weights labeled "Korte’s BRAND"
and each package bears "EST.9364" inside the USDA seal of inspection. Each
case is marked with the case code "111105" and bears "EST.9364" inside the
USDA seal of inspection. 60 lb. Lugs (plastic containers) of "KORTE COMPANY,
INC. Ground Beef." Each lug is marked with a code date of "111105" and bears
"EST.9364" inside the USDA seal of inspection. The ground beef was produced
on Nov. 5 and distributed to wholesale and institutional establishments in
Ephrata and Easton, Pa.
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from
consumption of meat products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E.
coli O157:H7, I urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to
eat it and return it to the place of purchase," said Margaret Glavin, FSIS
acting administrator. "USDA is informing the public so consumers who may
have purchased and stored the product in their refrigerators or freezers can
know to check."
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.
Media and consumers with questions about the recall may contact Ernest
Bassert, president Korte Co., Inc., at (610) 253-9141 or (610) 656-1896.