Irish Hills Meat Company of Michigan, a Tipton, Mich., establishment is recalling approximately 900 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Screen shot 2011-05-31 at 4.27.41 PM.pngThe following ground beef products are subject to recall:

10-lb. clear polybags with the establishment number “EST. 10014” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The polybags are packaged in boxes that contain 3-5 bags. The production dates of May 23 and May 26 are stamped on the boxes.

The ground beef was shipped to restaurants in Southern Michigan.

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, an Arkansas City, Kan., establishment, is recalling approximately 14,158 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

Screen shot 2011-03-11 at 4.27.20 AM.pngThe products subject to recall include:

• Approx. 40-pound cases of “BEEF FINE GRIND 81/19 NATURAL,” containing 10-pound chubs. These products have an identifying product code of “80185.”

• Approx. 40-pound cases of “BEEF CHUCK FINE GRIND 81/19 NATURAL,” containing 10-pound chubs. These products have an identifying product code of “80285.”

• Approx. 40-pound cases of “BEEF SIRLOIN FINE GRIND 91/9 NATURAL,” containing 10-pound chubs. These products have an identifying product code of “80495.”

• Approx. 40-pound cases of “BEEF FINE GRIND 90/10 NATURAL,” containing 5-pound chubs. These products have an identifying product code of “85165.”

• Approx. 60-pound cases of “BEEF FINE GROUND 93/7,” containing 10-pound chubs. These products have an identifying product code of “86191.”

Each case label bears the establishment number “EST. 27” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were produced on Feb. 22, 2011, and were shipped to firms in Ariz., Calif., Ga., Ind., Iowa, Mo., N.C., Ohio, Pa. and Wash. for further processing and/or distribution. It is important to note that the above listed products may have been repackaged into consumer-size packages and sold under different retail brand names.

American Food Service, a Pico Rivera, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,170 pounds of fresh ground beef patties and other bulk packages of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

FSIS inspection personnel were made aware of the problem when contacted by another federal regulated establishment who believed they had received suspect product.

The following products, produced on Jan. 31, 2011, (with the corresponding case codes) are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • (559002) American Companies 100% Pure Ground Beef 30-lb. case
  • (552102) American Companies 2/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (553102) American Companies 3/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (554102) American Companies 4/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (554106) American Companies 4/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (554302) American Companies 4/1 L Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case
  • (555302) American Companies 5/1 L Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case
  • (556102) American Companies 6/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (553302) American Companies 3/1 L Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case
  • (554402) American Companies 4/1 J Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case
  • (557102) American Companies 7/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (556106) American Companies 6/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (552106) American Companies 2/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case
  • (559004) American Companies Ground Beef Bulk 80% Lean Taco Grind 60-lb. case
  • (559202) American Companies 100% Pure Ground Beef For Chili (Coarse Grind) 30-lb. case.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 1913” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were distributed to restaurants throughout southern California.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 1913” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were distributed to restaurants throughout southern California.

The following products are subject to recall:

• (559002) American Companies 100% Pure Ground Beef 30-lb. case

• (552102) American Companies 2/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (553102) American Companies 3/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (554102) American Companies 4/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (554106) American Companies 4/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (554302) American Companies 4/1 L Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case

• (555302) American Companies 5/1 L Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case

• (556102) American Companies 6/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (553302) American Companies 3/1 L Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case

• (554402) American Companies 4/1 J Ground Beef Patties 80/20 20-lb. case

• (557102) American Companies 7/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (556106) American Companies 6/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (552106) American Companies 2/1 R Ground Beef Patties 80/20 10-lb. case

• (559004) American Companies Ground Beef Bulk 80% Lean Taco Grind 60-lb. case

• (559202) American Companies 100% Pure Ground Beef For Chili (Coarse Grind) 30-lb. case.

Bravo Farms expanded its recall to include all of its cheeses. That action followed laboratory testing by the California Department of Food and Agriculture that reveals the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli O157:H7 in cheese samples.

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Thirty-eight persons infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from five states since mid-October. The number of ill persons identified in each state with this strain is as follows: AZ (19), CA (3), CO (11), NM (3) and NV (2). There have been 15 reported hospitalizations, 1 case of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and no deaths. To date, no illnesses associated with L. monocytogenes in Bravo Farm cheese have been reported.

A Chicago company has expanded a recall to include an additional 580 pounds of beef patties because of possible E. coli contamination.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture said Friday that Columbus Meat took the action after state inspectors discovered the same batch of beef was used to produce patties on more than one day.

Patties produced on Dec. 29, Dec. 30, Dec. 31 and Jan. 3 have been added to the recall. It originally included 200 pounds of ground beef made on Dec. 27.

The agriculture department says a sample of the patties tested positive for a strain of E. coli that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and — in the most severe cases — kidney failure.

The company has received no reports of illness linked to the patties.

First Class Foods, Inc., a Hawthorne, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 34,373 pounds of organic ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Screen shot 2010-12-30 at 8.10.20 PM.pngThe following products are subject to recall:

• 16-oz. packages of “NATURE’S HARVEST ORGANIC GROUND BEEF BRICK” sold singly with one of the following “USE or FREEZE by” dates: “12/30/10” or “01/08/11.”

• 16-oz. packages of “ORGANIC HARVEST ORGANIC GROUND BEEF BRICK” sold singly and in three-packs with one of the following “USE or FREEZE by” dates: “12/28/10” or “01/06/11.”

• 16-oz. packages of NATURE’S HARVEST GROUND PATTY” containing four (4) 4-oz. patties with the following “USE or FREEZE by” date: “12/30/10” or “01/08/11”

Each package label bears the establishment number “EST. 18895” as well as the identifying Pack Date of “10341 and 10350 Julian date. These ground beef products were produced on Dec. 7, 2010, and Dec. 16, 2010, and were shipped to retail establishments in Calif., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Wis., and Wash. State.

The problem was discovered through company microbiological sampling which confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Winn Meats Co of Dallas, TX, is recalling approximately 25,600 pounds of ground beef products that were improperly labeled and potentially adulterated, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday.

The products’ labels include “For Cooking Only,” indicating that they are intended for further processing to apply a full lethality at a federally inspected establishment.

But because the products were distributed to non-federally inspected establishments, whether sufficient processing occurred to remove potential pathogens cannot be verified, so the products must be removed from commerce, FSIS said.

Each 60-pound box of “Ground Beef for Cooking Only” bears the establishment number “EST. 2338” inside the USDA mark of inspection and can be identified by the case code “506093.” Boxes contain three 20-pound packages of ground beef.

The ground beef products were produced between Aug. 24, 2010 and Nov. 30, 2010. They were sent to a distribution center in Albuquerque, NM, which in turn sent the products to restaurants, central kitchens, and caterers throughout the state.

Investigation of the Outbreak

CDC is collaborating with public health officials in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to investigate a multistate outbreak of human infections due to E. coli O157:H7. This is a rare strain of E. coli O157:H7 that has never been seen before in the PulseNet database. PulseNet is the national subtyping network made up of state and local public health laboratories and federal food regulatory laboratories that performs molecular surveillance of foodborne infections.

Screen shot 2010-11-24 at 10.53.04 PM.pngThirty-eight persons infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from five states. The number of ill persons identified in each state with this strain is as follows: AZ (19), CA (3), CO (11), NM (3) and NV (2). Dates of illness onset range from October 16, 2010 through October 27, 2010. Patients range in age from 1 to 85 years and the median age is 16 years. There have been 15 reported hospitalizations, 1 case of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and no deaths.

The outbreak can be visually described with a chart showing the number of persons who became ill each day. This chart is called an epidemic curve or epi curve. Illnesses that occurred after November 4, 2010 might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. This takes an average of 2 to 3 weeks.

Current Status of the Investigation

Laboratory testing conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health on an unopened (intact) package of Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda Cheese purchased from a Costco retail location has identified E. coli O157:H7 matching the outbreak strain. This is the first confirmation from an unopened cheese sample, and is consistent with previous laboratory testing conducted on two opened packages of the Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda Cheese purchased at Costco, which also identified E. coli O157:H7 matching the outbreak strain. These opened packages were from two different case patients’ homes. Testing on two additional opened packages from other case patients’ homes is in process.

FDA is continuing to work with its state partners to investigate Bravo Farms and to identify potential sources of contamination. FDA has collected product samples for testing.

Additional investigative activities are ongoing and include:

Conducting surveillance for additional illnesses that could be related to the outbreak.

Gathering and testing food products that are suspected as possible sources of infection to see if they are contaminated with bacteria.

Following epidemiologic leads gathered from interviews with patients, food purchase information, or from patterns of processing, production and/or distribution of suspected products.

Investigating where in the distribution chain the point of contamination could have occurred.

Costco is cooperating and assisting with this ongoing investigation.

Recall Information

On November 23, 2010, Bravo Farms expanded its recall to include all of its cheeses. This action follows laboratory testing by the California Department of Food and Agriculture that reveals the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli O157:H7 in cheese samples. Bravo Farms sells a variety of cheeses at retail stores throughout the US, mainly on the West coast, including Gouda, Pepper Jack, Tulare Cannonball, and several different styles and flavors of Cheddar cheese. To date, no illnesses associated with L. monocytogenes in Bravo Farm cheese have been reported. For more information, please see the FDA Press Announcement.

Clinical Features/Signs and Symptoms

Most people infected with E. coli O157:H7 develop diarrhea (often bloody) and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after swallowing the organism, but some illnesses last longer and are more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by stool sample culture. While most people recover within a week, some develop a severe infection. A type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) can begin as the diarrhea is improving; this can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old and the elderly. Signs and symptoms of HUS may include: fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue and irritability, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, decreased urination and swelling of the face, hands, feet, or entire body. Persons who experience these symptoms and believe they are at risk for HUS should seek emergency medical care immediatel