New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today alerted consumers that Hamilton Corner Meat Market Inc., located at 1 Hamilton Place, New York, New York, is recalling all packages of in-store “ground beef” sold on November 15, 2010, due to the presence of Escherichia coli O157:H7. E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

The recalled in-store “ground beef” was sold per order from the meat department and is uncoded. The product was sold at retail only from this store’s location at 1 Hamilton Place, New York, New York.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The contamination was discovered after sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of E. coli O157:H7 in samples of in-store “ground beef.” Sales of the “ground beef” have been suspended.

A recall of Mauri brand Gorgonzola cheese sold by Costco Wholesale Stores in Colorado because of potentially deadly E. coli bacteria, has been expanded to include additional packages, according to the products distributor.

A statement Friday by DPI Specialty Foods of Tualatin, Ore., says the recalled cheese covers clear plastic packages of 1-pound wedges with sell-by dates of Jan. 2 through Jan 27.

The recall announced on Nov. 10, limited the questionable packages to those with sell-by dates of Jan. 13-14. The packages carry a white sticker that reads: “Distributed by DPI Specialty Foods Tualatin, Ore., ITALY 34449.”

The distributor says that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not received any reports of illnesses and that testing will indicate whether this bacterial strain is linked to illnesses.

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today alerted consumers that Hamilton Corner Meat Market Inc., located at 1 Hamilton Place, New York, New York, is recalling all packages of in-store ground beef, in-store sliced deli turkey and in-store sliced deli ham sold on September 29, 2010, due to the presence of E. coli O157:H7.

The recalled products that include in-store ground beef, in-store sliced deli turkey and in-store sliced deli ham were all sold per order from the meat department and were coded with the date of purchase. The product was sold at retail only from the store’s only location at 1 Hamilton Place, New York, New York.

The contamination was discovered after follow-up sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ food inspectors and subsequent analysis by the New York State Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of E. coli O157:H7 in samples of the in-store ground beef, in-store sliced deli turkey and in-store sliced deli ham. As a result of the lab findings, food inspectors today seized and destroyed all non-prepackaged products in the meat case. The store voluntarily closed the deli and meat processing sections of the store.

Valley Meat Company, a Modesto, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately one million pounds of frozen ground beef patties and bulk 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 this morning.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "EST. 8268" inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as a production code of 25709 through 01210. These products were produced between the dates of Oct. 2, 2009 through Jan. 12, 2010 and were distributed to retail outlets and institutional foodservice providers in California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and internationally.

FSIS became aware of the problem on July 15 when the agency was notified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) of a small E. coli O157:H7 cluster of illnesses with a rare strain as determined by PFGE subtyping. A total of six patients with illness onset dates between April 8 and June 18, 2010 were reported at that time. After further review, CDPH added another patient from February to the case count, bringing the count to seven. FSIS is continuing to work with the CDPH and the company on the investigation. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should contact a health care provider.

Irwindale-based Ready Pac Food Inc. on Wednesday announced a voluntary recall of 702 cases of its baby spinach because of possible E. coli bacteria contamination.

The recalled six-ounce "Spinach Temptations" packages sold in California, Washington and Arizona have use-by dates of:

July 4 with Product Code I1707B, IR127121
July 8 with Product Code I2007B, IR130373

No illnesses related to the products have been reported.

The spinach could be contaminated by Escherichia coli O157:H7, according to ReadyPac, which is working with the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the problem detected in random testing.

South Gate Meat Co., a South Gate, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 35,000 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.

The products subject to recall include:

20-, 30- and 40-pound bulk packages of "SOUTH GATE MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF."
30-, 40-, and 50-pound bulk packages of "SOUTH GATE MEAT CO. COARSE GROUND BEEF."
10- and 20-pound packages of "SOUTH GATE MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF PATTIES."

Each package bears establishment number "EST. 6217" inside the USDA mark of inspection. These ground beef products were produced between the dates of June 7, 2010, through June 21, 2010, and were shipped to restaurants in the Los Angeles and Orange County, Calif. area.

Crown I Enterprises, Inc., a Bay Shore, N.Y., establishment, is recalling approximately 3,700 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.

The products subject to recall include:

• 24, 8-ounce burgers in 12-pound boxes of "W.B. STOCKYARD, KEEP REFRIGERATED, BURGER FRESH, WB HOME STYLE 8 OZ."
• 32, 6-ounce burgers in 12-pound boxes of "W.B. STOCKYARD, KEEP REFRIGERATED, BURGER FRESH 6 OZ."
• 48, 4-ounce burgers in 12-pound boxes of "W.B. STOCKYARD, KEEP REFRIGERATED, BURGER FRESH, 4 OZ."
• 10-pound boxes of "W.B. STOCKYARD, KEEP REFRIGERATED, BEEF GROUND/EXTRA LEAN."
• 10- and 20-pound boxes of "W.B. STOCKYARD, KEEP REFRIGERATED, BEEF GROUND 80/20."

Each package bears establishment number "EST. 20889" inside the USDA mark of inspection as well the Julian dates of "10164" and "10166." These ground beef products were produced on June 11, 2010, and June 15, 2010, and were shipped to food service institutions in Conn., N.J., and N.Y.

May 20, 2010: The distribution of the product subject to recall has been amended to wholesalers, restaurants, institutions, and federal establishments for further processing.

May 15, 2010 – Montclair Meat Co., Inc., a Montclair, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 53,000 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.

The products subject to recall include:

• Various pound packages of "MONTCLAIR MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF"
• Various pound packages of "MONTCLAIR MEAT CO. ALL BEEF PATTIES"

Each package bears establishment number "Est. 6116" inside the USDA mark of inspection. These ground beef products were produced between the dates of May 3, 2010 through May 13, 2010, and were shipped to wholesalers, restaurants, institutions, and federal establishments for further processing in the Los Angeles, Calif., metropolitan area.

The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological sampling. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

The following press release was issued by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2010 – Beltex Corporation, a Fort Worth, Texas, establishment, is recalling approximately 135,500 pounds of beef trim 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.

The following products are subject to recall:

Various pound boxes of "FRONTIER MEATS BEEF TRIMMING 50/50"

Various pound boxes of "FRONTIER MEATS BEEF COMBO BNLS"

Various pound boxes of "FRONTIER MEATS BEEF COMBO TRIM 75/25"

Various pound boxes of "FRONTIER MEATS BEEF 115A BNLS CHUCK 2PCS"

Various pound boxes of "FRONTIER MEATS BEEF B-90 TRIMMINGS 91-CTRN"

Various pound boxes of "FRONTIER MEATS BEEF TRIM XF SOAKED AND SALTED"

Various pound boxes of "FRONTIER MEATS BEEF COMBO TRIM 85/15"

Various pound boxes of "FRONTIER MEATS BEEF COMBO BONELESS NAVEL"

E. coli O157:H7 in beef products raised concerns about the safety of the product.  FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these recalled products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.  E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.  FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers (including restaurants) of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

WinCo Foods announced today that it is issuing an expansion of the Class 1 recall on all fresh ground beef products sold at all WinCo Foods stores: The original recall issued on April 10, 2010 was for ground beef sold from it’s Modesto store only.

Originally an independent lab had tested two samples of ground beef purchased at the Modesto, California store to be positive for E. coli 0157:H7 (a bacterium that causes food borne illness) and out of concern for the health of our customers and our ongoing commitment to provide only safe, quality products, WinCo Foods decided it was appropriate to issue a recall for the Modesto store.

As WinCo has cooperated with public health authorities, new information has come to light that potentially implicates WinCo’s ground beef suppliers. Acting on the advice of the California Department of Public Health and consistent with the ongoing investigation by USDA, WinCo is expanding its voluntary recall to include all fresh ground beef sold at any WinCo Foods store. A list of all WinCo Foods store locations follows in this announcement.

The product under recall is all fresh ground beef packed in styrofoam trays with a sale date of March 28, 2010 through April 9, 2010. Product should either be returned to the store for refund or be destroyed. No illnesses have been confirmed to date in connection with this recall.

E. coli 0157:H7 causes abdominal cramping, vomiting and diarrheal illness, often with bloody stools. Most healthy adults can recover within a week. Young children and the elderly are at highest risk for developing HUS, which can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

Individuals who have eaten fresh ground beef purchased from any WinCo Foods store between March 28, 2010 and April 9, 2010 and who have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately. Any such illness should be reported to the state or local health authorities. WinCo recommends checking the FDA website for further information and answers concerning food borne illness and food safety.