September 23, 2002
Pennsylvania Co. Has Recalled Beef Product
Souderton, Pa (SafetyAlerts)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service
said that Moyer
Packing Company has recalled an additional beef product – 4,639 pounds of
whole muscle beef chuck for grinding– that may be contaminated with E. coli
O157:H7.The action is an expansion of a previous
recall of approximately 203,600 pounds of fresh ground beef products.
The additional product subject to the expanded recall consists of two bins
(combos) of "571266100 BF BNLS 2 WAY CHUCK THIN PAC." This product was
shipped on or about Aug. 30. The bins bear the establishment code "EST.
1311" inside the USDA mark of inspection. This product was distributed to
one customer in West Virginia.
FSIS will continue to conduct follow-up activities related to this recall as
warranted. 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 Kelly Romaniello,
director of company relations, Moyer Packing Company, at (215) 723-5559.
Media with questions may contact David Bartlett, vice president, Rowan and
Blewitt Inc., consulting firm, at (703) 234-4428.
Consumers with other food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat
and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline is available in English
and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday
through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
The ground beef products recalled are 10-lb. chubs packed in
60-lb. cases. The cases are labeled:
"PURE GROUND BEEF 93 COARSE" bearing the code "1930316100;"
"PURE GROUND BEEF CHUCK COARSE" bearing the code "1940056100;"
"PURE GROUND BEEF ROUND X 85" bearing the code "1941116100;"
"PURE GROUND BEEF 75 COARSE" bearing the code "1910216100;"
"PURE GROUND BEEF 81 COARSE" bearing the code "1920116100;"
"PURE GROUND BEEF 91 COARSE" bearing the code "1930146100;"
"PURE GROUND BEEF SIRLOIN X 90" bearing the code "1942116100;"
"PURE GROUND BEEF SIRLOIN COARSE" bearing the code "1942016100;"
"PURE GROUND BEEF 91 COARSE" bearing the code "1930116100;" and,
"PURE GROUND BEEF 73 COARSE GU" bearing the code "1910016110."
Also being recalled are 10 lb. chubs packed in 40-lb. cases. The cases are
"PURE GROUND BEEF X SIRLOIN FINE" bearing the code "1942164100;"
All cases and individual chubs of the product being recalled bear the date
"AUG3102" and the establishment code "EST. 1311" inside the USDA seal of
The ground beef products were produced on Aug. 31. The products were
distributed to a manufacturer in Pennsylvania and retail distributors in
Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New
York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia and the District
of Columbia. The products involved in the recall may have been reground and
repackaged in retail stores.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody
diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and persons with
compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.