Trader Joe’s, Price Chopper, Lancaster, Wild Harvest, Shaw’s, BJ’s, Ford Brothers, and Giant stores have been linked to the recent recall of E. coli O157:H7-tainted hamburger produced by Fairbank Farms. Trader Joe’s, Price Chopper, Shaw’s and BJ’s have been linked to prior E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks:
June 9, 2007 – United Food Group, LLC, a Vernon, Calif., establishment, is voluntarily expanding its June 3 and 6 recalls to include a total of approximately 5.7 million pounds of both fresh and frozen ground beef products produced between April 6 and April 20 because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.
June 26, 2009 – Price Chopper supermarket is recalling some of its ground beef and beef loin bottom sirloin steak products because of possible E. coli contamination. The recall, announced today, applies to purchases made between May 7th and May 16th; stores that may have sold the beef include those in Albany, Schenectady and Rensselaer counties, as well as neighboring Vermont and Massachusetts counties.
In August, 2005, an eight-year-old Albany, New York girl became ill with an E. coli O157:H7 infection after eating a hamburger purchased from Price Chopper. The ground beef used in the hamburger had been supplied to Price Chopper by Topps Meats.
September 2007 – Price Chopper Supermarkets has pulled Topps brand products after an E. coli scare, the company announced yesterday. The New York State Department of Agriculture tested Topps ground beef patties and found E. coli in 3- and 5-pound boxes of quarter-pound hamburger patties with a sell-by date of June 22, 2008. According to Price Chopper, the tests are preliminary. The USDA is reviewing the state’s findings and neither agency has confirmed E. coli. In a statement, Price Chopper said, to be safe, it recalled the beef patties and all other Topps products. The recall affects stores throughout the state, including three stores in the Mid-Hudson: Middletown, Vails Gate and Newburgh.
June 16, 1998 – A woman who says she ate undercooked beef from a Shaw’s Supermarket in Warwick came down with a mild E. coli infection last month, state health officials said yesterday. The case is the first in Rhode Island to be linked to tainted meat at the supermarket chain, which last Friday recalled beef sold at its 124 New England stores. The recall followed the discovery of E. coli, an intestinal bacteria, in samples from two outlets in Keene and Lebanon, N.H. The woman’s case is significant because it could help federal investigators narrow the search for the supplier of the contaminated meat.
September 5, 2007 – Fairbank Reconstruction Corp., doing business as Fairbank Farms, an Ashville, N.Y., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 884 pounds of ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.
In 2002, several children became ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections which were traced to the consumption of ground beef sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club stores in New York and New Jersey. Remaining ground beef was recalled, but the children were so severely injured after suffering from Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) that their families sought to recover damages from BJ’s through the legal system.