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May 9, 2001

Emmpak Foods Inc. Recalls 254,000 Lbs of Frozen Hamburger Patties

Butler, 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 Agriculture’s 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 are:

  • "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. FSIS’s 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 produced."

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, Emmpak’s vice president of public affairs, at (414) 645-6500. Media with questions may contact Ron Irwin, Emmpak’s company spokesperson, at (414) 390-5500.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers May 9, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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