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October 11, 2002

Wisconsin Firm Has Recalled Ground Beef

Milwaukee, WI (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that EMMPAK Foods Inc., doing business as Peck Meats has recalled approximately 568,000 pounds of fresh and frozen ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The company is taking this action based on the results of a third party microbiological laboratory sample.

FSIS suspended operations at this establishment on Oct. 2 and continues to investigate the company’s production and shipment of adulterated product. The suspension will continue until the establishment can demonstrate an effective program for controlling pathogens, including E. coli O157:H7.

"Consumers need to be aware of this recall," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "I strongly encourage purchasers of ground beef to check their refrigerators and freezers for the recalled product. If consumers are in possession of the recalled product they should return it to the point of purchase."

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.

Media with questions about the recall may contact Mark Klein, director of communications for EMMPAK, at (414) 978-6666.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact the EMMPAK Consumer Hotline at (877) 817-7622.

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 products were produced on September 23 and distributed to retail stores and other institutions nationwide.


All of the products subject to recall bear the establishment code "EST. 20654" inside the USDA seal of inspection. The products subject to recall are:

1 to 5 lb. packages of "GROUND BEEF, CONTAINS 8% FAT." Each package also bears one of the following codes: "8659206," "8659204," or "8659200." Each package also bears the sell-by date "10.2.02."
1 to 5 lb. packages of "GROUND BEEF CHUCK PATTIES, CONTAINS 20% FAT." Each package also bears one of the following codes, "8658106" or "8658100." Each package also bears the sell-by date "10.2.02."
1 to 5 lb. packages of "GROUND BEEF ROUND PATTIES, 100% BEEF, CONTAINS 15% FAT." Each package also bears one of the following codes, "8685706," or "8685700." Each package also bears the sell-by date "10.2.02."
1 to 5 lb. packages of "LEAN GROUND BEEF, CONTAINS 4% FAT." Each package also bears the code "8659606." Each package also bears the sell-by date "10.2.02."
1 to 5 lb. packages of "GROUND BEEF CHUCK PATTIES, CONTAINS 20% FAT." Each package also bears the code "8658213." Each package also bears the sell-by date "10.2.02."
1 to 5 lb. packages of "GROUND BEEF, CONTAINS 27% FAT." Each package bears one of the following codes: "8657306," "8657304," or "8657300." Each package also bears the sell-by date "10.2.02."
1 to 5 lb. packages of "GROUND BEEF CHUCK, CONTAINS 20% FAT." Each package bears one of the following codes: "8658006," "8658004," "8658002." Each package also bears the sell-by date "10.2.02."
1 to 5 lb. packages of "GROUND BEEF ROUND, CONTAINS 15% FAT." Each package bears one of the following codes: "8658506," "8658504," or "8658500." Each package also bears the sell-by date "10.2.02."
1 to 5 lb. packages of "Lean Ground Beef Patties, 100% BEEF." Each package also bears the code "8619306.".
1 to 5 lb. packages of "Ground Beef Patties, 100% BEEF." Each package also bears the code "8685106."
80-lb. boxes of "Wis-Pak Foods, FRESH BULK GROUND BEEF, 8/10 FINE, 950." Also on each box is the code "7700950."

40-lb. boxes "Wis-Pak Foods, FRESH BULK GROUND BEEF, 4/10 FINE, 992." Also on each box is the code "7700992."
20-lb. boxes of "SYSCO, CLASSIC BEEF, FRESH GROUND BEEF, 1191949, 2/10." Also on each box is the code "7700393."
20-lb. boxes of "SYSCO, CLASSIC BEEF, FRESH GROUND BEEF, 7222201, 2/10." Also on each box is the code "7701610."
20-lb boxes of "SYSCO, CLASSIC BEEF, FRESH GROUND BEEF, 5829940, 2/10." Also on each box is the code "7701751."
20-lb. boxes of "SYSCO, CLASSIC BEEF, FRESH GROUND BEEF, 1003516, 2/10." Also on each box is the code "7701421."
80-lb. boxes of "SYSCO, CLASSIC BEEF, FRESH GROUND BEEF, 2209393, 8/10." Also on each box is the code 7702680."
20-lb. boxes of "SYSCO, CLASSIC BEEF, FRESH GROUND BEEF, 2008217, 2/10." Also on each box is the code "7702620."
20-lb. boxes of "SYSCO, CLASSIC BEEF, FRESH GROUND BEEF, 2513778, 4/5." Also on each box is the code "7702610."
20-lb. boxes of "SYSCO, CLASSIC BEEF, FRESH GROUND BEEF, 2008225, 2/10." Also on each box is the code "7702720."
20-lb. boxes of "SYSCO, CLASSIC BEEF, GROUND BEEF BULK, 7223761, 2/10." Also on each box is the code "7701710."
40-lb. boxes of "PECK CERTIFIED GROUND BEEF CHUCK, ANGUS, 83/17." Also on each box is the code "8609900."
60-lb. boxes of "BEEF, FINE GROUND, 10 LB. CHUBS, 93/07." Also on each box is the code "8616200."
60-lb. boxes of "SIRLOIN, FINE GROUND, 10 LB. CHUBS, 91/09." Also on each box is the code "8615306."
60-lb. boxes of "BEEF ROUND FINE GROUND, 10 LB. CHUBS, 85/15." Also on each box is the code "8600504."
60-lb. boxes of "BEEF CHUCK, FINE GROUND, 10 LB. CHUBS, 81/19." Also on each box is the code "8600605."

60-lb. boxes of "BEEF, FINE GROUND, 10 LB. CHUBS, 81/19." Also on each box is the code "8616600."
60-lb. boxes of "PECK CERTIFIED, GROUND BEEF CHUCK, 10 LB. CHUBS, 86/14." Also on each box is the code "8608600."
40-lb. boxes of "BEEF SIRLOIN, FINE GROUND, 10 LB. CHUBS, 90/10." Also on each box is the code "8600401."
40-lb. boxes of "BEEF SIRLOIN, FINE GROUND, 10 LB. CHUBS, 92/08." Also on each box is the code "8600406."
40-lb. boxes of "BEEF FINE GROUND, 10 LB. CHUBS, 93/07." Also on each box is the code "8635300."
40-lb. boxes of "BEEF ROUND FINE GRIND, 10 LB. CHUBS, 95/05." Also on each box is the code "8634500."
40-lb. boxes of "PECK CERTIFIED, GROUND BEEF ROUND, 10 LB. CHUBS, 95/05." Also on each box is the code "8616400."
40-lb. boxes of "PECK CERTIFIED, GROUND BEEF SIRLOIN, 10 LB. CHUBS, 95/05." Also on each box is the code "8615500."
60-lb. boxes of "BEEF FINE GROUND, 10 LB. CHUBS, 75/25." Also on each box is the code "8600103."
60-lb. boxes of "BEEF FINE GROUND, 10 LB. CHUBS, 73/27." Also on each box is the code "8606400."
60-lb. boxes of "BEEF FINE GROUND 5 LB. CHUBS, 73/27." Also on each box is the code "8600801." Each package bears the sell by date "10-09-02."
60-lb. boxes of "BEEF CHUCK, FINE GROUND, 5 LB. CHUBS, 80/20." Also on each box is the code "8658000." Each package bears the sell by date "10-09-02."

 
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