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July 29, 2000

346,700 Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled

Souderton, PA (SafetyAlerts) - Moyer Packing Co. is voluntarily recalling approximately 346,700 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The recalled product, "MOPAC" ground beef, was produced on July 11 and packaged in 5- and 10-pound packages. The packages bear the plant’s establishment number 1311, the production date of "07/11/00," and were shipped in boxes weighing 20 to 60 pounds.

The ground beef was distributed to wholesalers in Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Product involved in the recall may have been reground and repackaged at the retail level.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Margaret O’K. Glavin, associate administrator of FSIS. "Purchasers of ground beef may wish to ask retailers if ground beef at their stores was produced with any of the recalled product."

The problem was discovered through 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 Ella Roush, Moyer Packing Co., at (215) 723-5559, ext. 4003.

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 July 29, 2000.

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