August 1, 2000Jac Pac Foods Recalls Ground
NH (SafetyAlerts) - Jac Pac Foods is
voluntarily recalling approximately 210,000 pounds of ground beef patties that may be
contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The ground beef patties were
distributed to retail stores and wholesalers. The retail stores are located in
Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia.
The wholesalers are located in Iowa, Maine, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, South Carolina,
Vermont, and Bermuda.
The products being recalled from retail stores are:
JOES" ground beef patties with a sell by date of "061900;"
"STOP & SHOP"
ground round with a manufacturing code beginning with "161;" and
ground beef sold by Shoplink.com with a manufacturing code beginning with "161."
All products bear the plant code "EST. 785" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The product being recalled from
wholesalers involves 10 to 36 pound boxes of ground beef patties. The boxes bear the plant
code "EST. 785" and the product code "0161."
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of meat
products contaminated with pathogens such as the E. coli O157:H7 bacteria, I urge
consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and return it to the place
of purchase," said Margaret O'K. Glavin, associate FSIS administrator. "USDA is
informing the public so consumers who may have purchased and stored the product in their
freezers can know to check."
The problem was discovered during an investigation of illnesses reported in Vermont. The
product has not been definitively linked to the illnesses. The investigation is
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly pathogen that can cause bloody diarrhea and
dehydration. The very young, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are
the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Anyone concerned about an illness should
contact a physician.
Media with questions about the recall may contact Chuck Hungler, Jac Pac Foods, at (800)
497-2333. Consumers with questions may contact Darryl Armstrong, Jac Pac Foods, at (800)
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 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday
through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers August 1, 2000.
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