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New E. Coli: The Latest in Sick Meat

New E. Coli: The Latest in Sick Meat

I know that many Care2 members aren’t necessarily the most carnivorous of the lot–but I know many vegans who like to keep abreast of meat news. So, here’s the latest on sickening beef…Fairbank Farms, an Ashville, NY, “establishment” (as described in the CDC press release: can you say “euphemism”?) is recalling approximately 545,699 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Several state health departments, the CDC, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are investigating this multi-state outbreak, for which a notice of recall was issued on October 31, 2009. The cluster of illnesses reported includes twenty-eight persons from 12 states infected with matching strains of E. coli O157:H7. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: California (1), Connecticut (4), Massachusetts (8), Maryland (1), Maine (2), Minnesota (1), New Hampshire (4), New Jersey (1), New York (1), Pennsylvania (2), South Dakota (2), and Vermont (1).

So let’s get to the meat of the matter–where has this tainted beef been sold?

Some of the ground beef was sold at Trader Joe’s, Price Chopper, Lancaster, Wild Harvest, Shaw’s, BJ’s, Ford Brothers and Giant stores in packages that carried the number “EST. 492″ on the label. Most of the beef packages in the recall bear the establishment number “Est. 492″ inside the USDA mark of inspection and have identifying package dates of “091509″ or “091609.” Consumers are urged to check their refrigerators and freezers for beef products produced by this firm and purchased on or after September 15, 2009 and discard or return the recalled beef products to the place of purchase for a refund. Customers with questions about the source of a package of beef should contact the place where they purchased it.

The products subject to recall include:

Trader Joes
1-pound packages of “TRADER JOE’S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF 85/15.”

1-pound packages of “TRADER JOE’S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF 80/20.” (NOTE: The sell-by dates for the above two products may be October 6 or 7, 2009.)

1-pound trays of “TRADER JOE’S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF PATTIES 96/4 EXTRA LEAN.”

1-pound trays of “TRADER JOE’S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF PATTIES 85/15.”

Price Chopper
1- and 2.5-pound trays of “PRICE CHOPPER MEATLOAF & MEATBALL MIX.”

1-pound trays of “PRICE CHOPPER EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF 96/4.”

1-pound trays of “PRICE CHOPPER FRESH GROUND BEEF CHUCK FOR CHILI 80% LEAN 20% FAT.”

Lancaster and Wild Harvest
1-pound trays of “LANCASTER BRAND 96/4 EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF.”

1- and 2-pound trays of “LANCASTER BRAND 90/10 GROUND BEEF.”

1-pound trays of “WILD HARVEST NATURAL 85/15 ANGUS GROUND BEEF.”

Shaw’s
1- and 2-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND BEEF 93/7.”

1-, 2- and 3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND BEEF 80/20.”

1- and 3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND BEEF 75/25.”

1.3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND SIRLOIN BEEF PATTIES 90/10.”

1.3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND ROUND BEEF PATTIES 85/15.”

1.3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND BEEF PATTIES 80/20.”

3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND BEEF PATTIES FAMILY PACK 80/20.”

1-pound trays of “SHAW’S ANGUS GROUND BEEF 85/15.”

1-, 2- and 3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND ROUND BEEF 85/15.”

1-pound trays of “SHAW’S 90% NATURAL GROUND BEEF.”

1-pound trays of “SHAW’S 85% NATURAL GROUND BEEF.”

1-, 2- and 3-pound trays of “SHAW’S FRESH GROUND SIRLOIN 90/10.”

1-pound trays of “MEATLOAF & MEATBALL MIX.”

BJ’s
5-pound trays of “FRESH GROUND BEEF, CONTAINS 15 % FAT” patties.

3- and 5-pound trays of “LEAN GROUND BEEF, CONTAINS 7% FAT.”

2.5-pound trays of “MEATLOAF & MEATBALL MIX.”

Ford Brothers
3-pound trays of “FRESH GROUND BEEF, CONTAINS 20% FAT” patties.

Giant
1-pound trays of “GIANT EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF 96/4.”

1-pound trays of “GIANT MEATLOAF & MEATBALL MIX.”

1-pound trays of “GIANT NATURE’S PROMISE GROUND BEEF.”

1-pound trays of “GIANT NATURE’S PROMISE GROUND BEEF PATTIES.”

For updated information, check the E. coli page at the Centers for Disease Control and Infection website. For an in-depth look at E. coli and food safety, see the Care2 post Ground Beef Gone Bad.

And as I end all my posts on tainted meat, some recipes!
Black Bean and Mushroom Burgers
Lentil Almond Burgers
Beet and Carrot Burgers

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

If you eat meat, there is far less risk when eating from organic non factory farm sources where there are no toxins, growth hormones, antibiotics. The same goes for veggies, avoid pesticide laden veggies filled with toxins.

We all survive by eating organic matter be it meat or plants, nuts or whatever. Who is to say that plant life is less sacred, because it is less like humans?

Until Mother Nature goes vegan and redesigns our DNA so that we all dine on rock pate, we eat and survive on former living organisms be it plants or meat. You can erect all the walls of shame that you wish but that won't deter people from eating meat anymore than it will deter people from eating squash. Until rock pate will sustain me and Mother Nature goes vegan, I will eat spinach, meat and other tasty things. Veggies can also bring you E Coli.

8:40AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

they never did a thing, nothing to deserve this. yet to have their lives sacrificed for nothing. the fate of one is reflected in the fates of all. the adage that he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword can be seen as consuming fear, torture, anger, confusion and death creates your own fear torture anger confusion and death... save lives and in turn save "you".
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

5:04PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

another reason to not eat meat.

2:19PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

1-pound packages of “TRADER JOE’S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF 80/20.” (NOTE: The sell-by dates for the above two products may be October 6 or 7, 2009.)

How old is this article? Who has meat hanging around with a sell-by date from 2009?
And for all you who think it's only in meat, remember the organic spinach e.coli outbreak? Nothing is 100% safe these days.

11:15AM PST on Dec 17, 2011

I have a friend who buys a whole boneless chuck roast, has the butcher wash it in her sight, clean the meat grinder in her sight, then grind and package in her sight. Better yet, get your own grinder if you're omnivorous, like me. (and I don't appreciate being called a carnivore, I eat plenty of fruit, vegetables and grain)

3:10PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Thank you

7:25PM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

Great info. Thanks for sharing.

5:04AM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

in milk, in eggs, everywhere...even in sterilized milk...like in my country Serbia few years ago...

11:38PM PDT on Jun 22, 2010

E. coli is such a dreadful disease.

5:45AM PDT on Jun 7, 2010

You can get e-coli from a salad. Get real, people.

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