Yet Another Recall? Beef From Whole Foods Sorry to spread the bad news, but we have yet another recall to deal with. Whole Foods voluntarily recalled more than 1.2 million pounds of ground beef that has come from Coleman Natural Beef's Nebraska Beef processing plant. It pains me to say it but E. coli strikes again.
I don't eat red meat all that often, but all these beef recalls make me scared to eat it at all. As consumers, we have the right to know what's causing these thousands of pounds of beef to be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. I wouldn't have guessed it, but it looks like it may have to do with lack of staff and inspectors at slaughterhouses.
When there aren't enough workers, there's no way to properly inspect every single animal. Fewer workers also mean that the ones who are working are less likely to follow the rules. When the Humane Society of the United States set up undercover cameras at the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. (where beef was recently recalled), they discovered workers kicking and shoving sick and crippled cows, forcing them to stand by using electric prods and forklifts. Not only is this unquestionably cruel, but cows that are too sick to stand carry a higher risk for mad cow disease. Also, since they are lying in feces, they're more likely to carry E. coli and salmonella, too. Unfortunately it also boils down to money. If you have a cow that's "downed" and can't be used for meat, that's 300 pounds of beef the meat industry isn't getting paid for. Now I remember why I try to eat lower on the food chain.
So with all this said, it's believed that most consumers will shrug off beef recalls. So I was wondering, do recalls affect your decisions when buying or eating meat?
The Rochester Meat Company of Minnesota has voluntarily recalled 188,000 pounds of ground-beef patties and other meat products because of an E. coli scare. Six illnesses were reported, one in California and five in Wisconsin. This dangerous strain of E. coli — O157:H7 — can be potentially deadly for the elderly, the very young, and those with weakened immune systems. It can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration.
The beef was produced from Oct. 30 through Nov. 6, and was shipped nationwide for use in restaurants. For a complete list of recalled products, check out the USDA's website. If you have any questions about the recall, you can call the company's quality assurance manager at 507-529-4759.
Fit's Tip: If you think you may have consumed bad meat, call your doctor immediately.
I'm sorry to have to tell you that another recall on ground beef has been issued, this time by a Wisconsin company called American Foods Group.
Ninety-six thousand pounds of beef were voluntarily recalled after two people became ill, possibly from E.coli. These cases are being investigated by the Illinois Department of Health. The meat was sold in seven states including Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Virginia.
The meat was produced on Oct. 10 and labeled with "Est. 18076" inside the USDA mark of inspection. If you have questions about the recall, check out the USDA's Web site or call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).
Is it just me, or are these constant recalls making you scared to eat?
Last week I told you about yet another beef recall, and now I am here to tell you it has gone from bad to worse. Originally only 332,000 lbs of meat were recalled, but on Saturday, the Topps Meat Co. expanded its recall to include 21.7 million lbs of ground beef that may also be contaminated with e. Coli.
This Elizabeth, NJ based beef company's recall includes:
- All Topps products with either a "sell by date" or "best if used by date" between Sept. 25, 2007 and Sept. 25, 2008. The date can be found on the package's back panel.
- They also have a USDA establishment number of EST 9748.
The USDA suspended the grinding of raw products at the Topps plant after inspectors found inadequate safety measures there. Terrific.
So far three people have confirmed cases of e. Coli contamination and there are 22 other cases under investigation. Cases were found in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Check out the full list of recalled products here.
I don't know about you, but a salad is looking really good about now.
A New Jersey-based meat company is voluntarily recalling some of its hamburgers after many illnesses have been reported. The New York Health Depart says that at least 6 people in Albany have gotten sick and contaminated hamburgers were found in one of the victim's freezers. The culprit? E. coli.
These products carry the number ""Est. 9748" inside the USDA mark of inspection, and were produced June 22nd, July 12th or July 23rd.
The recalled products include:
- Certain 10-pound boxes of Butcher's Best 100-percent All Beef Patties
- Certain 10-pound boxes of Kohler Foods burgers
- Certain 10-pound boxes of Sand Castle Fine Meat
- Some two-pound boxes of Topps 100-percent Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers
- Some three-pound boxes of Topps 100-percent Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers
Go to the USDA website to see the complete list of recalled products. If you have questions, you can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) from 10am - 4pm. These products were distributed nationwide so check your freezers!
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The USDA said that the meat products were made between March 1 and April 30, and were shipped to Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The meat products were made for Gordon Food Service stores.
The items under recall include boxes of mechanically tenderized steaks and ground beef of different weights. Labels on the boxes bear the establishment number “Est. 1947A” inside the USDA mark of inspection and a date code (on the top right corner of the label) between “060” and “120.”
Fit's Tips: If you are concerned about meat you bought under the "Gordon Food Service" name, check this list of products that are part of the recall.