July 29, 2000346,700 Pounds of Ground Beef
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 Agricultures 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 plants establishment number 1311,
the production date of "07/11/00," and were shipped in boxes weighing 20 to 60
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
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the
recall," said Margaret OK. 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
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subscribers July 29, 2000.
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