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September 7, 2000

Minnesota Firm Recalls 30,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Patties


Rochester, MN (SafetyAlerts) - Rochester Meat Co., has announced that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 30,000 pounds of frozen ground beef patties that may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced late last night.

The products being recalled are 1/4- and 1/3-pound portions of "SIMEK’S" brand frozen beef patties packaged for bulk sale. Each bulk package has a manufacturing lot number beginning with "0162," and bears the establishment number "8999" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The products being recalled from retail stores are "SIMEK’S" brand:

  • 10-pound boxes of "100% PURE - THICK GROUND BEEF PATTIES" in 1/4-pound portions

  • 6-pound boxes of "100% Pure Jumbo Ground Beef Patties" in 1/3 -pound portions

  • 2-pound bags of "Lean Beef Patties" in 1/4-pound portions packaged six bags to each 12-pound box (The bag does not bear the manufacturing lot number, but the box does)

The ground beef was produced on June 10 and distributed to retail establishments in Minnesota.

"Because of the potential hazard of foodbome illness from consumption of meat products contaminated with E. coli 01 57:H1 bacteria, I urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and return it to the place of purchase," said Thomas Billy, FSIS administrator. "USDA is informing the public so consumers who may have purchased and stored the product in their freezers can know to check."

Based on reported illnesses, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture collected and tested samples of ground beef patties. Product from the production lot of ground beef patties being recalled today tested positive for E. coli 0157:H7 by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture notified the Rochester Meat Co. that a link had been established between three illnesses and a non-intact package of ground beef patties produced at the firm, The Rochester Meat Co. notified FSIS of its decision to recall the products.

E. coli 0157: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 foodbome illness.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Neal Karels, Rochester Meat Co., at (507) 529-4711. Media with questions may contact Joanne Randen, Rochester Meat Co., at (507) 529-4723.

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.rn. to 4p.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 September 7, 2000.

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