October 10, 2001
New York Firm Recalls Ground Beef For Possible E. coli O157:H7
Buffalo, N.Y. (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Dodman Co. Inc. is recalling approximately 265
pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service
This is the first public notice of
recall issued by the FSIS.
The ground beef being
recalled was produced on Oct. 4 and distributed to restaurants and
institutions in Erie and Niagara counties in New York.
The product was packed to order in cases of varying weights, containing
unlabeled 5 and 10 lb. bags. The cases are marked "GROUND BEEF" and labeled
with the date code "277." Additionally, each case label bears "EST. 4586"
inside the USDA seal of inspection.
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of
meat products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7, we
want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS
administrator. "Diners may wish to ask if meals made with ground beef
contain the recalled product."
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS 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 Kirk Dodman,
company president, at (716) 854-3286.