October 14, 2002
Pennsylvania Firm Has Recalled Ground Beef
Catawissa, PA (SafetyAlerts)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that
Bunge’s Meats has recalled approximately 305 pounds of fresh ground beef
products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The products subject to recall are 20 to 60-lb. boxes of "Bunge’s Meats,
Ground Beef, CATAWISSA PA." Each box bears the establishment code "EST.
21603" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The date code "02280" also
appears on each box. The ground beef is wrapped in plastic bags each
weighing between 5 and 10 pounds.
The products were produced on October 7 and distributed out of the company’s
own retail store located at 555 Riverhill Drive, and to restaurants in
Columbia County, Pennsylvania.
"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
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.
The problem was discovered through routine microbiological testing. FSIS has
received no reports of illnesses. Anyone concerned about an illness should
contact a physician.
Media and consumers with questions about the recall may contact Robert E.
Bunge, company owner, at (570) 356-2696.