May 9, 2001Emmpak Foods Inc. Recalls
254,000 Lbs of Frozen Hamburger Patties
WI (SafetyAlerts) - Emmpak Foods,
Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 254,000 pounds of frozen hamburger 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 bear the establishment
number "924A" inside the USDA seal of inspection. Products subject to recall
- "Hamburger Patties 100% Pure Beef" in ten
pound cases, marked with a case code starting with "2940." This product was
produced on Oct. 20, 2000.
- "Steak n Shake BEEF STEAKBURGER (CHOPPED
AND FORMED)" in 16 pound cases, marked with a date code starting with "PACKED ON
W 02-08-01." This product was produced on Feb. 8, 2001.
These products were distributed to retail and
institutional establishments in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana,
Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.
The problem was discovered when officials in
Georgia contacted FSIS about a suspected illness associated with this product. FSISs
samples of the product tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. A link between the
illness and the product has not been confirmed.
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne
illness from consumption of meat products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E.
coli O157:H7, 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 refrigerators or freezers can know to check. Consumers may also wish to
ask restaurants and institutions they patronize where their ground beef was
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.
Consumers with questions about the recall may
contact Robert Segel, Emmpaks vice president of public affairs, at (414) 645-6500.
Media with questions may contact Ron Irwin, Emmpaks company spokesperson, at (414)
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