August 5, 2003
Minnesota Firm Recalls Ground Beef
Products For Possible E. coli O157:H7
Howard Beef Processors, doing business as Ellison Farms, a Pipestone, Minn.,
establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 194,700 pounds of
frozen ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service
The products subject to recall bear the establishment code "EST. 8934"
inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on various
days between May 30 and June 11, 2003 and distributed to consumers at retail
outlets and through door-to-door sales nationwide. Some of the recalled
products were also exported to Mexico.
The recall was initiated because epidemiological case studies suggest that
the recalled product may be linked to two E. coli O157:H7 illnesses in
FSIS is conducting laboratory tests to determine if the recalled products
are linked to these cases. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact
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.