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Health Alert: NJ company expands nationwide ground beef recall (issued Sept 29, 2007)

Topps Meat Company, LLC, an Elizabeth, N J, company, has expanded its Sept. 25 recall to a total of approximately 21.7 million pounds of frozen ground beef products. The recall is being expanded due to

  • additional positive products contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 per New York Health Department,
  • reported illnesses (Currently there are 25 illnesses under investigation) and
  • findings from a food safety assessment conducted at the packing firm

The following are some of the labels of the potentially contaminated meats.



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Brands and meat products that may be affected include (see details for product dates)
  • “BUTCHER’S BEST 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES”
  • “KOHLER FOODS FLAT HAMBURGER”
  • “MIKE’S 12 SEASONED BEEF PATTIES”
  • “PATHMARK 100% ALL BEEF BURGERS”
  • “RASTELLI’S FINE FOODS 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER”
  • “ROMA - TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER”
  • “SAM’S CHOICE BACKYARD GOURMET BEEF BURGERS”
  • “SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER”
  • “SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT ANGUS CHUCK BURGER”
  • “SHOP RITE 100% PURE GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS”
  • “TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER”
  • “WEST SIDE 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER”

Details of the USDA News release are at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/040_2007_Expanded_Recall.pdf

If you have questions on the recalls, please check the following

Information on Preparing Ground Beef for Safe Consumption is available from the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
at 1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit www.fsis.usda.gov

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Recalled food products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (canned and packaged food products) are noted on the FDA RSS feed at EH&S NEWS under PRODUCT RECALLS at http://web.nmsu.edu/~ehs/safetynews/?p=155

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