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November 25, 2002

New York Firm Has Recalled Ground Beef Products

Ashville, N.Y. (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that Fairbank Reconstruction Corp., doing business as Fairbank Farms is recalling approximately 320,000 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment code "EST. 492" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on November 5 and November 6 and distributed to retail stores nationwide.

"Consumers need to be aware of this recall," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "I strongly encourage purchasers of ground beef to ask their grocers if they carried the recalled product and to check their refrigerators and freezers. 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.

The problem was discovered through microbiological traceback sampling. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Media with questions about the recall may contact Daren Williams, company spokesperson, at (816) 512-2288. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Luella Sard, company sales representative, at (716) 782-2000, ext. 201.

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 following products subject to recall have the sell by date, "11-22-02," or "11-23-02." The products subject to recall are 48 to 60 lb. boxes of:

· "Coarse Ground Beef, 93/07, 02593."

· "Coarse Ground Beef, 75/25, 02675."

· "85/15, Ground Beef, 02685."

· "Coarse Ground CHUCK, 02700."

· "FINE GROUND BEEF, 75/25, 05100."

· "FINE GROUND BEEF, 80/20, CHUCK, 05200."

· "FINE GROUND BEEF, 86/14, ROUND, 05300."

· "FINE GROUND BEEF, 93/07, 05400."

· "FINE GROUND BEEF, 91/09, SIRLOIN, 05500."

· "COARSE GROUND BEEF, 73-27, 12673."

· "COARSE GROUND BEEF, 80-20, 12680."

· "COARSE GROUND BEEF, 90-10, 12690."

· "COARSE GROUND BEEF, 93-07, 12693."

· "COARSE GROUND BEEF, 91-09, 22491."

· "COARSE GROUND BEEF, 85-15 ROUND, 32505."

· "GROUND BEEF CHUBS, 73/27, 61768."

· "12 – 5 # packages of "GROUND BEEF CHUBS, 80439."

Each of these products subject to recall have the sell by date, "11.15.02," or "11.16.02." The products subject to recall are 1-to-5 lb. trays of:

· "Lancaster Brand, Beef Ground Sirloin, Contains 10% Fat."

· "Lancaster Brand, Beef Ground Round, Contains 5% Fat."

· "Lancaster Brand, Beef Ground Chuck, Contains 15% Fat."

· "GROUND CHUCK PATTIES, 100% BEEF, CONTAINS 20% FAT."

· "Ground Beef Chili Meat, CONTAINS 20% FAT."

· "LEAN GROUND BEEF, 100% BEEF, CONTAINS 8% FAT."

· "GROUND ROUND, 100% BEEF, CONTAINS 15% FAT."

· "GROUND CHUCK, 100% BEEF, CONTAINS 20% FAT."

· "GROUND BEEF, 100% BEEF, CONTAINS 27% FAT."

· "GROUND BEEF ROUND PATTIES, 100% FAT, CONTAINS 15% FAT."

· "EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF, 96/4."

· "GROUND BEEF CHUCK, 20% FAT."

· "GROUND BEEF ROUND, 15% FAT."

· "GROUND BEEF, 100% BEEF, CONTAINS 25% FAT."

· "FRESH GROUND BEEF, 10% FAT."

· "FRESH GROUND BEEF, 15% FAT."

· "GROUND BEEF SIRLOIN, 10% FAT."

· "LEAN GROUND BEEF, 7% FAT."

· "NEW, MEATLOAF & Meatball Mix, A blend of fresh ground beef, pork and veal."

· "Lancaster BRAND, NEW, MEATLOAF & Meatball Mix, A blend of fresh ground beef, pork and veal."

· "GROUND BEEF CHILI MEAT, 20% FAT."

 
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