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09-30-2007, 01:45 PM
A meat producer in New Jersey, USA, is voluntarily recalling over 300,000 pounds of frozen ground beef products because they could be contaminated with the potentially deadly bacteria E. coli O157:H7. The announcement was made earlier this week in Washington by the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

FSIS classes the recall as Class I "a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death".

E. coli is a bacteria that can be fatal, and most at risk are the very young, the elderly and people with weak immune systems such as those receiving chemotherapy. Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhea (sometimes bloody).

The recall was announced after confirmation that a product sample, taken during an investigation in the Northeast US of a cluster of illnesses, contained the deadly strain of E. coli.

The products, all containing frozen ground beef, were produced on June 22, July 12 or July 23, and distributed to retailers nationwide and also to food service establishments in the New York metropolitan area.

Each product has the establishment number inside the USDA's mark of inspection on the package: "Est. 9748".

The brands affected include: Butcher's Best, Kohler Foods, Sand Castle, Topps, and Westside.

The full list of products affected is given here: