Ground Beef Recalls in New York and California

Suzanne Murray
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ground beef recallThe Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced two separate ground beef recalls -- one in California and one in New York -- after learning that the batches of meat could have been contaminated with the E. coli bacteria.

Both recalls have are considered Class I hazards by FSIS, meaning "there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."

According to the FSIS, E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors, and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

The ground beef subject to recall in California includes:

  • 20-, 30- and 40-pound bulk packages of "SOUTH GATE MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF.
  • 30-, 40-, and 50-pound bulk packages of "SOUTH GATE MEAT CO. COARSE GROUND BEEF."
  • 10- and 20-pound packages of "SOUTH GATE MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTIES."

Each package bears establishment number "EST. 6217" inside the USDA mark of inspection. These ground beef products were produced between the dates of June 7, 2010, through June 21, 2010, and were shipped to restaurants in the Los Angeles and Orange County, California, area.

The ground beef subject to recall in New York includes:

  • 24 (8-ounce) burgers in 12-pound boxes of "W.B. STOCKYARD, KEEP REFRIGERATED, BURGER FRESH, WB HOME STYLE 8 OZ."
  • 32 (6-ounce) burgers in 12-pound boxes of "W.B. STOCKYARD, KEEP REFRIGERATED, BURGER FRESH 6 OZ."
  • 48 (4-ounce) burgers in 12-pound boxes of "W.B. STOCKYARD, KEEP REFRIGERATED, BURGER FRESH, 4 OZ."
  • 10-pound boxes of "W.B. STOCKYARD, KEEP REFRIGERATED, BEEF GROUND/EXTRA LEAN."
  • 10- and 20-pound boxes of "W.B. STOCKYARD, KEEP REFRIGERATED, BEEF GROUND 80/20."

Each package bears establishment number "EST. 20889" inside the USDA mark of inspection as well the Julian dates of "10164" and "10166." These ground beef products were produced on June 11, 2010, and June 15, 2010, and were shipped to food service institutions in Connecticut., New Jersey, and New York.

If you have a food safety question, visit AskKaren.gov or call 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854).

 

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