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New Jersey Firm Expands Recall of Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination
October 4, 2007
Contact: Consumers, retails and distributors with questions about the recall should contact the company’s recall line at 888-734-0451. Media with questions should contact the company’s media representative at 917-648-3584.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2007—Topps Meat Company, LLC, an Elizabeth, NJ, establishment, is voluntarily expanding its Sept. 25 recall to include a total of approximately 21.7 million pounds of frozen ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
CLASS I RECALL—HEALTH RISK: HIGH
For details, products and dates included in the recall, go to: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/0402007Expanded_Recall.pdf
Consumers, retails and distributors with questions about the recall should contact the company’s recall line at 888-734-0451. Media with questions should contact the company’s media representative at 917-648-3584.
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 http://www.fsis.usda.gov/food%5Fsafety%5Feducation/ask%5Fkaren/#Question. 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.
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