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From the information provided by USDA, the ground beef products were distributed to retail establishments, restaurants, and institutions nationwide. Specific store distribution information is not available at this time. Please conduct effectiveness checks in your jurisdiction. In addition, if any recalled product is found, please notify Dan Gala at this office at 317-233-7360.
CLASS I RECALL
Congressional and Public Affairs
HEALTH RISK: HIGH
Amanda Eamich (202) 720-9113
WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2007 – Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation is voluntarily recalling approximately 845,000 pounds of frozen ground beef patties produced at its Butler, Wis., location because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The frozen ground beef patties were produced on various dates from Aug. 9 through Aug. 17, 2007, and were distributed to retail establishments, restaurants and institutions nationwide. Each label bears the establishment number “Est. 924A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Products distributed to retail establishments and subject to recall:
Products distributed to restaurants and institutions and subject to recall include:
The problem was discovered through an investigation into three illnesses by the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture. While the investigation is ongoing, Cargill is voluntarily recalling the products based on a preliminary analysis of epidemiological data. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers with questions about the recall should call Cargill toll-free at (866) 567-7899. Media with questions about the recall should contact Mark Klein, vice president of public relations, at (952) 742-6211.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.
Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.