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

WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–July 12, 2009 E. S. Miller Packing Co., a Montgomery, Ill., establishment is recalling approximately 219 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: [View Labels, PDF Only]

  • 10-pound Cryovaced bags of bulk “EDWARD S. MILLER PACKING CO., GROUND BEEF.” Each bag bears the establishment number “EST. 34342” inside the USDA mark of inspection and case codes of “070709,” “070809,” “070909” or “071009.”
  • 12- and 15-pound boxes “EDWARD S. MILLER PACKING CO., GROUND BEEF PATTIES.” Each box bears the establishment number “EST. 34342” inside the USDA mark of inspection and case codes of “070709,” “070809,” “070909” or “071009.” These ground beef products were produced from July 7, 2009, through July 10, 2009, and were distributed to consumers and several local restaurants in the Montgomery and Paw Paw, Ill., areas, located in northern Illinois.

    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. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

    Consumers with questions about the recall should contact company Owner Jeffrey Reuland at (630) 820-7077.

    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: usda.gov