Nov. 3, 2007 – Cargill Meat Solutions is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,084,384 pounds of ground beef produced at its Wyalusing, Pa., Cargill Regional Beef facility due to possible E. coli O157 H7 contamination.


Nov. 3, 2007
– Cargill Meat Solutions is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,084,384 pounds of ground beef produced at its Wyalusing, Pa., Cargill Regional Beef facility due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

The ground beef products subject to recall were produced at the Wyalusing plant between October 8 and October 11, 2007, and were distributed to retailers nationwide.

Cargill learned of the possibility of contamination after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) returned a confirmed positive on a sample of product produced Oct. 8, 2007.

As of November 3, 2007, no illnesses had been reported associated with the product.

For a list of all products subject to the recall, please click here.

According to the Cargill press release, each package or label bears the establishment number “Est. 9400” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The use/freeze-by dates for products subject to this recall have expired; therefore, consumers are urged to look in their freezers for these products and return or discard them if found.

States impacted by the recall are: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

In addition to the above listed products, there are various weights and varieties of ground beef, ground chuck and ground sirloin product that were distributed for further processing and repackaging and will not bear the same establishment number on the package.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact the company’s food safety line at 1.877.455.1034.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Food safety experts recommend cooking any ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F., or until the meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear. Also, avoid contaminating other foods with any E. coli bacteria that may be present in meat.

REFERENCES 

  1. Cargill Meat Solutions. Cargill Meat Solutions recalls ground beef. November 3, 2007. Accessed November 5, 2007. View Press Release.