June 6, 2000"Mega Meats" Ground
Beef - Recalled for Contamination
NY (SafetyAlerts) - Mega
Meats, Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 420 pounds of ground beef that may be
contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety
and Inspection Service announced today.
The ground beef was packaged on May 31 and distributed to restaurants in the Bronx,
Manhattan, and lower Westchester County, N.Y. Ten-pound bags of "Mega Meats Ground
Beef" were shipped with "EST. 18661" inside the USDA mark
Consumers may wish to ask at the restaurants where they buy meals containing ground beef
if the restaurant received any of the recalled product.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the
recall," said Thomas J. Billy, administrator of FSIS. "This is an opportunity to
remind consumers to always follow the safe handling instructions required on all raw meat
and poultry products and cook ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.
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.
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.
Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Jerome Rascona, vice
president, Mega Meats, Inc., at (718) 231-2010.
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
Notice of this product warning was
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