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Yet Another E Coli
Ground Beef Recall

From Patricia Doyle, PhD

Hello Jeff - Another new recall...more ground beef - 86.8 tons, that is TONS.  A lot of meat 173,554 pounds. This time J & B Meat Corp. Also a Cargill meat recall.
And lest we forget, it took Con Agra 8 months to recall ALL pot pies. Better late then never?
Source - South Florida Sun-Sentinel 
J&B Meats Corp. recalled 173 554 pounds (86.8 tons) of ground beef that may be contaminated with the potentially deadly _E. coli_ [O157:H7] bacteria, the 5th such recall by an American company in the past 3 weeks.
The products subject to the latest recall include boxes of burgers with "Topps" and "Sam's Choice" labels, the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) said in a statement issued Sat 13 Oct 2007. The meat was produced on 12, 18, and 22 Jun 2007 and distributed to retail outlets nationwide. Company officials didn't return calls seeking comment.
The biggest of the recalls was by Topps Meat Co., which went out of business earlier this month after recalling 21.7 million pounds of ground beef. Topps, of Elizabeth, NJ, had been the owner of J&B Meats, which is based in Coal Valley, IL, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. J&B recalled the beef after investigators found a possible link to a reported illness.
Communicated by ProMED-mail
The J&B recall seems to be linked to both Topps and Cargill recalls based on the products mentioned. It is not clear if J&B actually manufactured the ground beef or just distributed it. - Mod.LL
Source WBIR (Knoxville, TN) 
The Knox County (Tennessee) Health Department has now positively linked 3 _E. coli_ infections with a beef recall earlier in Oct 2007. The ground beef was sold in frozen patties at Sam's Club and was made by Cargill Meat Solutions. It was also distributed to some restaurants and foodservice institutions. If you have purchased American Chef's Selection Angus Beef Patties, check to be sure it does not fall under the case code of "7703100."
An additional case of _E. coli_ in Cocke County has been determined to be unrelated and is considered by health officials to be a sporadic case.
The 3 victims in Knox County became infected with _E. coli_ O157 from eating contaminated beef. The CDC has identified this specific strain as outbreak no. 0710NYEXH-1c. Analysis showed it to be a distinct infection from a cluster in Indiana under the same outbreak number.
Now, an Illinois company is recalling more than 86 tons of ground beef, some apparently sold in Sam's Club stores, over an _E. coli_ concern. J & B Meats is recalling Topps Premium Pure Sirloin Beef Sirloin Steak Burgers, Topps 100 percent Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers 32 Quarter Pounders, Sam's Choice Backyard Gourmet Beef Burgers 80/20 12 Quarter Pound Round Patties, and Topps 100 percent Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers 12 Quarter Pounders. You can recognize the packages by the establishment number, Est. 5712.
A Georgia company, Arko Veal has also recalled ground beef patties, but the USDA reports those patties were distributed only to restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Communicated by ProMED-mail Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases" message board at: http://www.emergingdisease.org/phpbb/index.php Also my new website: http://drpdoyle.tripod.com/
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