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Illinois Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–June 22, 2009 – International Meat Co., Inc., a Chicago, Ill., establishment is recalling approximately 6,152 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products subject to recall include:

  • “5-pound, plastic lined boxes of “International Meat Co., PURVEYOR OF FINE MEATS TO HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS, BEEF PATTIES.” Each box bears the establishment number “EST. 22080” inside the USDA mark of inspection and identifying package codes of “061709,” “061809” or “061909.”
  • “5- and 10-pound bags of bulk “International Meat Co., BEEF PATTIE MIX.” Each bag bears the establishment number “EST. 22080” inside the USDA mark of inspection and identifying package codes of “061709,” “061809” or “061909.”
  • “10-pound bags of “International Meat Co., GROUND BEEF.” Each box bears the establishment number “EST. 22080” inside the USDA mark of inspection and identifying package codes of “061709,” “061809” or “061909.”
  • “10-pound bags of “Packed For, Purely Gourmet & Organic, Ground Beef.” Each box bears the establishment number “EST. 22080” inside the USDA mark of inspection and identifying package codes of “061709,” “061809” or “061909.”

These ground beef products were produced on June 17, 2009, through June 19, 2009, and were shipped to distributors and restaurants in the Chicago, Ill., metropolitan area.

The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological sampling. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

E. coli O157:H7 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.

Media and consumer questions regarding the recall should be directed to company Controller John Scorza at (773) 622-1400.

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.

 

Source: fsis.usda.gov

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