June 20, 2001Palmer Fish Company Recalls
Ground Beef Patties
NY (SafetyAlerts) - Palmer Fish
Company Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 4,000 pounds of fresh ground beef
patties that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of
Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The products being recalled are 10 lb. cases of "GROUND BEEF PATTIES." Each case
bears the establishment number "EST. 4548" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
Additionally, cases are marked with production dates between "6/11/01" and
The ground beef was distributed to food service establishments, such as hotels,
restaurants, and country clubs, in New York and western Massachusetts.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the
recall," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator. "Diners may wish to ask if
meals made with ground beef patties contain the recalled product."
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria 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 with questions about the recall may contact John Eldridge, director of human
resources, Palmer Fish Company Inc., at (716) 424-3210. Media with questions may contact
Kip Palmer, president, Palmer Fish Company Inc., at (716) 424-3210.
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.