November 22, 2000Texas Firm Recalls Ground Beef
TX (SafetyAlerts) - H & H Meat
Products Co. Inc., also doing business as H & H Foods, has announced it is recalling
approximately 58,000 pounds of ground beef patties that may be contaminated with E. coli
0157H7, according to a statement issued by the US. Department of Agricultures Food
Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The products subject to recall are "HAMBURGER PATTIES 100% GROUND BEEF"
in 35 lb. boxes. Each box has a label that reads "PACKED ON: 11/14/00"
and "EXP. DATE: 03/14/01." The box bears the establishment
number "EST. 7259A" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The ground beef was produced on Nov. 14 and distributed via a wholesale establishment to
restaurants in Texas.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the
recall," said Ronald Hicks, acting FSIS administrator. "Purchasers or consumers
of ground beef may wish to ask restaurants if the meal contains the recalled ground
The problem was discovered through USDA testing.
E. coli 0157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea and
dehydration. The very young, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are
the most succeptible to foodborne illness.
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.
Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers or media with questions about the recall may contact Jennifer Barractato, Full
& Knowlton Public Relations, at (800) 637-7259.
Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
at 1-800-535-4555 The hotline can be reached from lOam, to 4p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday
through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
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