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More Hummus Recalled over Listeria

ucm531368Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus (SKU #90642) and Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus (SKU #91107) with “USE BY” date codes up through and including 12/15/2016, because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The products come in 16 ounce plastic tubs with SKU numbers printed on the top labels and “USE BY” date codes stamped on the bottom of the tubs, along with the plant identification code “C”. To clarify, products with plant identification code “J” were produced in a different facility and are NOT affected by this recall. In addition, Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus Snack Pack with Pita Chips (SKU #97136) is NOT part of this recall.

To date there have been no confirmed illnesses.

States Affected Product Code Date
IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH and WI Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus ONLY (SKU 91107) USE BY dates up through and including “12/15/16” and plant identification code “C”
AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, LA, NC, NM, NV, OK, OR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA and WA Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus (SKU 91107) AND Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus (SKU 90642) USE BY dates up through and including “12/15/16” and plant identification code “C”

The potential for contamination was noted after testing by the company revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in product manufactured on the same equipment. The company subsequently identified the source of the issue and has corrected the matter. All potentially affected products have been removed from store shelves and destroyed.

Consumers should discard the product immediately.

Federal Authorities Seize 4 Million Pounds of Milk Powder

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service seized more than 4 million pounds of product produced by Valley Milk Products LLC (Valley Milk) of Strasburg, Virginia. The company is owned by the Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association Inc. in Reston, Virginia. The seized products include dry nonfat milk powder and buttermilk powder packaged in 40- and 50-pound bags for further manufacturing and are worth nearly $4 million.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed the complaint, on behalf of the FDA, in the U.S. District Court for the Virginia Western District, alleging that the seized products are adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

During an FDA inspection of Valley Milk from July – September 2016, FDA investigators observed poor sanitary practices and reviewed the company’s records, which showed positive results for Salmonella in the plant’s internal environmental and finished product samples. FDA investigators observed residues on internal parts of the processing equipment after it had been cleaned by the company and water dripping from the ceiling onto food manufacturing equipment. In addition, environmental swabs collected during the inspection confirmed the presence of Salmonella meleagridis on surfaces food came into contact with after being pasteurized. Throughout the investigation, the FDA worked closely with the Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

“The FDA urged Valley Milk to conduct a voluntary recall of the implicated products,” said Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “The firm refused to recall and, as a result, we have had to intervene and seize this adulterated food to prevent it from reaching consumers who could be exposed to Salmonella from these products.”

The FDA used a bacterial typing tool called whole genome sequencing (WGS) to link the samples collected in the facility over time. WGS technology can show the relationship among isolates of bacterial pathogens found in the environment, a food source or a person who became ill from consuming contaminated food. The sampling results indicate that the Salmonella strains from 2016 are nearly identical to Salmonella strains found at the company in 2010, 2011 and 2013. These findings of Salmonella meleagridis at the company dating back several years demonstrate the existence of a persistent strain of Salmonella at this facility.

Salmonella is a pathogenic bacterium that can contaminate foods and which may result in gastroenteritis or other serious clinical conditions, including septicemia, arterial infections, endocarditis and septic arthritis. Most people recover from salmonellosis in four to seven days without treatment but about one person in every thousand with salmonellosis dies.

Valley Milk is currently not producing dry powdered milk products. No illnesses linked to Valley Milk products have been reported to date. Consumers can report problems with FDA-regulated products to their district office consumer complaint coordinator.

LSG Sky Chefs, 7-Eleven, Taylor Farms and Schnucks caught in Sabra Hummus Listeria Web

Sabra-Classic-HummusLSG Sky Chefs Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. (“LSG Sky Chefs”) announced that it issued a voluntary recall for the 7-Eleven Chicken and Hummus sandwiches the company produces for 7-Eleven stores in the Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, OH, and the Buffalo, NY markets. The hummus spread used in the sandwiches is subject to a national recall issued by Sabra Dipping Company due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. All 7-Eleven Chicken with Hummus sandwiches have already been pulled from affected 7-Eleven stores. No other products or retailers are involved in this voluntary recall.

LSG Sky Chefs Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. (“LSG Sky Chefs”) announced that it issued a voluntary recall of 103 units of Mediterranean Style Chicken with Hummus sandwiches. The hummus spread used in the affected sandwiches was recalled by Sabra Dipping Company due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Approximately 103 Mediterranean Style Chicken with Hummus sandwiches, packaged in the plastic clam shell, net wt. 8 oz., UPC 0 52548 58888 5, were produced and distributed to 7-Eleven stores in Washington. No other Sky Chefs’ products or retailers are involved in this voluntary recall.

LSG Sky Chefs Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. (“LSG Sky Chefs”) announced that it issued a voluntary recall for the Mediterranean Style Chicken with Hummus sandwiches the company produces for 7-Eleven stores. The hummus spread used in the sandwiches is subject to a national recall issued by Sabra Dipping Company due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.  All Mediterranean Style Chicken with Hummus sandwiches have already been pulled from affected 7-Eleven stores. No other products or retailers are involved in this voluntary recall.

“Fresh to Go Mediterranean Chicken Hummus” sandwiches (UPC 5254858888) manufactured solely for 7-Eleven Corporation are being recalled because Sabra Dipping Company has recalled the ingredient Red Pepper Hummus. Greencore, USA is voluntarily recalling these sandwiches. Sabra Dipping Company has recalled the Red Pepper Hummus ingredient used in this sandwich because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The source of the contamination originated with Sabra Dipping Company, not Greencore.

Following the Sabra Dipping Co., LLC’s (“Sabra’s”) recall where select Sabra’s products were recalled due to the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, Taylor Farms Tennessee, Inc., Taylor Farms Texas, Inc. and Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. (all collectively referred to as “Taylor Farms”) are voluntarily recalling a limited number of products that contain Sabra’s recalled products. The recalled products are labeled “Taylor Farms Veggie and Hummus Bistro Boxes” and “Schnucks Vegetable and Hummus Snack Trays” containing Sabra Hummus Classic 2 oz. dipping cups.

Sabra Dipping Co., LLC recalled certain hummus products made prior to November 8, 2016 due to concerns over Listeria monocytogenes, which was identified at the manufacturing facility but not in tested finished product. The recall includes the products listed below; these were distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts and supermarkets, in the U.S. and Canada.

Consumers with any product with a “Best Before” date up through January 23, 2017 are urged to discard it. Consumers can find code and “Best Before” date on the lid of each package.

See complete list of recalled products.

And, it happened in 2015 too.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.  Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Listeria outbreaks. The Listeria lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Listeria and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Listeria lawyers have litigated Listeria cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, cheese, celery and milk.

If you or a family member became ill with a Listeria infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Listeria attorneys for a free case evaluation.

Sabra Recalls Hummus with Listeria – Again

Sabra-Classic-HummusSabra Dipping Co., LLC is voluntarily recalling certain hummus products made prior to November 8, 2016 due to concerns over Listeria monocytogenes, which was identified at the manufacturing facility but not in tested finished product. The recall includes the products listed below; these were distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts and supermarkets, in the U.S. and Canada.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.  Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.  The company is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution.

Consumers with any product with a “Best Before” date up through January 23, 2017 are urged to discard it. Consumers can find code and “Best Before” date on the lid of each package.

See complete list of recalled products.

And, it happened in 2015 too.

Indiana Department of Health Joins Chorus Announcing Where Hepatitis A Tainted Egyptian Strawberries Sold

150522130633-strawberries-medium-plus-169The Indiana State Department of Health joins a small but growing chorus of health departments slowly announcing the retail locations of where hepatitis A tainted frozen strawberries from Egypt may have been sold.

To date, eight restaurants in Marion, Hamilton and Hendricks counties have confirmed they served products containing the recalled strawberries in the last two weeks. Those include El Rey Del Taco at 3925 N. high School Rd. and Don Marcos Ice Cream and Restaurant at 4779 N. Post Rd. in Marion County.

More counties could be identified as the investigation continues.

Anyone who consumed a food item that contained strawberries at a restaurant in those counties since Nov. 1 should contact these local health departments for more information.

The Marion county Public Health Department established a hotline to answer questions and concerns at (317) 221-5503 starting Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hendricks County residents can call (317) 745-9222 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.

No Indiana schools or nursing homes have been affected.

Hepatitis A is caused by a virus that inflames the liver. Signs and symptoms of infection include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

Symptoms can take up to 50 days to appear after exposure. Not everyone infected with the virus will exhibit symptoms, but all infected individuals can transmit the disease to others through contact with stool or unwashed hands.

State health officials ask healthcare providers to ask patients who exhibit symptoms of hepatitis A about recent strawberry consumption as part of their investigation into the multistate outbreak. So far, they have traced the outbreak to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt and food items containing these strawberries.

Individuals who may have been exposed to hepatitis A within the last two weeks can receive either a vaccine or immunoglobulin, depending on their age, to help prevent infection by contacting their health care provider or local health department. Those whose potential exposure occurred prior to Nov. 1 should contact their healthcare provider to determine whether testing for hepatitis A is appropriate, especially if symptoms develop.

Hepatitis A:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Hepatitis A outbreaks. The Hepatitis A lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Hepatitis A and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Hepatitis A lawyers have litigated Hepatitis A cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of sources, such as green onions, lettuce and restaurant food.  The law firm has brought Hepatitis A lawsuits against such companies as Costco, Subway, McDonald’s, Red Robin, Chipotle, Quiznos and Carl’s Jr.  We proudly represented the family of Donald Rockwell, who died after consuming hepatitis A tainted food and Richard Miller, wo required a liver transplant after eating food at a Chi-Chi’s restaurant.

If you or a family member became ill with a Hepatitis A infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Hepatitis A attorneys for a free case evaluation.

Cheese Recalled Nation-Wide over Salmonella

4C Foods Corp. is recalling 4C Grated Cheese, Homestyle Grated Cheese, and Cento Grated Cheese Brands due to possible contamination with Salmonella.  Other 4C Foods products, including any other cheese products, are not impacted by this recall.

This recall was of a nationwide distribution and includes the following products, which were packed in 6 oz. vacuum-sealed glass jars, with BEST BY dates between November 12, 2016 and November 12, 2018 and packaged in cases of either 6 or 12 jars per case:

4C All Natural Parmesan Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-33126) 
4C All Natural Parmesan/Romano Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-37126) 
4C All Natural 100% Imported Italian Pecorino Romano Cheese (UPC 41387-77126) 
4C HomeStyle All Natural Parmesan Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-32790) 
4C HomeStyle All Natural Parmesan/Romano Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-11627) 
4C HomeStyle All Natural 100% Imported Italian Pecorino Romano Cheese (UPC 41387-12302)  
Cento Parmesan Grated Cheese (UPC 70796-90502) 
Cento Romano Grated Cheese (UPC 70796-90501)

No illnesses have been reported to date.  FDA testing revealed the issue.

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Salmonella:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants.  The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.

Listeria Test Forces Cheese Recall

ucm525055October 15, 2016. Kuster’s, Inc. of is voluntarily recalling 14,238 pounds of its shredded, sliced and cubed cheese out of an abundance of caution.  Kuster’s, Inc., was notified by its supplier, Farm Country Cheese, Lakeview, MI, that the cheese has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Kuster’s, Inc. is complying with this recall and recalling any product that may have been processed on its manufacturing equipment after the cheese in question was processed.

The shredded cheese was distributed in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Products included in this voluntary recall are: sharp white cheddar, mozzarella/muenster/provolone, Monterey Jack, pepper jack,four blend, three blend; pepper jack cubes; and co/jack slices.Product dates can be found in the bottom center of the label.

The shredded cheese was sold in 5 pound plastic bags under the Kuster’s Dairy Foods, Fata’s Best and Nor-Tech Dairy labels.Shredded cheese was packaged under the following labels:

Kuster’s Dairy Foods Three Blend (pack date 10/05/16)
Fata’s Best Four Blend Feather Shred (lot date 27916)
Fata’s Best Mozzarella Muenster Provolone Feather Shred (lot date 27916)
Fata’s Best Monterey Jack Feather Shred (lot date 27916)
Fata’s Best PepperJack Feather Shred (Lot date 27816)
Nor-Tech Dairy  Mozz/Muenster/Prov Feather Shred (best used by: 12-05-2016)
Nor-Tech Dairy Sharp White Cheddar Feather Shred (packed on 10.04.2016)
The cubed cheese was packaged under the following label:

Nor-Tech Dairy PepperJack 3/4″ Cubed (packed on 10/04/2016).

The sliced cheese was packaged under the following label:

Kuster’s Dairy Foods Sliced Colby Jack

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was the result of confirmation from the cheese manufacturer of a possible contamination of the product received.  Kuster’s, Inc. has ceased production and distribution of the product as the FDA and the company continue their investigations.

Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged not to consume the product.

E. coli O26 Test Prompts Beef and Veal Recall

Screen Shot 2016-10-15 at 10.52.02 AMNational Meat and Provisions, a Reserve, La. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,349 pounds of beef and veal products that may be contaminated with E. coli O26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The raw non-intact beef and veal items were produced and packaged on Sept. 14-15, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 51.40-lb. of VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND COMPANY BURGER BLEND,” packed on 9/14/2016 with a lot number of “00028584” and case codes of 53085/CB136 in the upper left-hand corner of the label
  • 50.00-lb. of VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND COURSE STEAK TRIM,” packed on 9/14/2016 with a lot number of “00028582” and case codes of 53080/02300H in the upper left-hand corner of the label
  • 10.00-lb. of VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND FRESH,” packed on 9/14/2016 with a lot number of “00028583” and case codes of 53110/02300P in the upper left-hand corner of the label
  • 50.00-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND CHIMES FINE,” packed on 9/14/2016 with a lot number of “00028581” and case codes of 56660/02300C in the upper left-hand corner of the label
  • 51.46-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND COMPANY BURGER BLEND,” packed on 9/15/2016 with a lot number of “00028597” and case codes of 53085/CB136 in the upper left-hand corner of the label
  • 10.00-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF FAT OF RIB CAP,” packed on 9/15/2016, with a lot number of “00028595,” and case codes of 50010/1138 in the upper left-hand corner of the label
  • 10.83-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND CHUCK DAT DOG,” packed on 9/15/2016, with a lot number of “00028593,” and case codes of 56135/02150 in the upper left-hand corner of the label
  • 10.23-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND CHUCK BRISKET BURGER,” packed on 9/15/2016 with a lot number of “00028596,” and case codes of 53060/208116120 in the upper left-hand corner of the label
  • 5.00-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF STEAK CUBED 5#,” packed on 9/15/2016, with a lot number of “00028594,” and case codes of 50565/04902 in the upper left-hand corner of the label
  • 10.00-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND CHUCK 10#,” packed on 9/15/2016, with a lot number of “00028592,” and case codes of 53015/02100 in the upper left-hand corner of the label
  • 10.11-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF STEAK CUBED,” packed on 9/15/2016, with a lot number of “00028591,” and case codes of 50555/1100GJ in the upper left-hand corner of the label
  • 10.32-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “BEEF GROUND CHUCK BRISKET 8 oz.,” packed on 9/15/2016, with a lot number of “00028585,” and case codes of 53050/05M8 in the upper left-hand corner of the label
  • 9.98-lb. VACUUM-PACKED “VEAL SIRLOIN CUBED POLY BAGED,” packed on 9/15/2016, with a lot number of “00028590,” and case codes of 56070/0776 in the upper left-hand corner of the label

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. M-22022” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a distributor, as well as hotels, restaurants and institutions in Louisiana.

The problem was discovered when the establishment received a positive STEC sample during their quarterly E. coli testing program on Sept. 29, 2016. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), such as STEC O26 because it is harder to identify than STEC O157. People can become ill from STECs 2–8 days (average of 3–4 days) after consuming the organism. Most people infected with STEC O26 develop diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended.

Most people recover within a week, but, rarely, some develop a more severe infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is uncommon with STEC O26 infection. HUS can occur in people of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old, older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.

Salmonella Recall: Osage Gardens Greens

ucm524639Osage Gardens Inc. is recalling Osage Gardens Organic 2oz Micro Greens, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Osage Gardens Organic 2oz Micro Greens was distributed to Whole Foods stores in Colorado and Kansas. The Osage Gardens Organic 2oz Micro Greens product is packed in a clear plastic clamshell and has a label on the bottom with a UPC Code 709376615008 and affected product are dated with a Julian codes from 266 to 279’.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was a result of a routine sampling by the FDA which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. Osage Gardens Inc. has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and Osage Gardens Inc. continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Silver Springs Recalls More E. coli – Tainted Beef

Silver Springs Farms, Inc., a Harleysville, Pa. establishment is recalling approximately 7,970 pounds of ground beef and burger products, as well as an undetermined amount of sandwich steak products that may be adulterated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ground beef items were produced on August 19 and 20, 2016. The exact production dates for the various sandwich steak products are unknown at this time, but are believed to have been produced between August 19 and September 19, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]

  • 20-lb. cases containing 4 packages of 5-lb ground beef 80/20.
  • 10-lb. packages of “Camellia Beef Pattie 80/20,” with package codes 6235 and 6242.
  • 10-lb. packages of “Silver Springs Farm Beef Pattie 80/20,” with package codes 6242 and 6237.
  • 10-lb. packages of “Silver Springs Farm Beef Pattie 80/20 Flat,” with package code 6237.
  • 10-lb. packages of “Silver Springs Farm Gourmet Beef Burger Flat,” with package code 6235.
  • 10-lb. packages of “Silver Springs Farm Gourmet Beef Burger 80/20,” with package code 6237.
  • 10-lb. packages of “Silver Springs Farm Gourmet Beef Pattie 80/20,” with package code 6242.
  • various sandwich steak products produced by the recalling firm.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 4771” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a distributor in Virginia and institutional food establishments in New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The problem was discovered during a routine verification sampling performed by Silver Springs Farms, Inc. There have been no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.