Ground beef recalled due to possible E. coli

1.8 million pounds may be contaminated (Includes list of recalled products)
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May 20, 2014

According to a release from the USDA...

 

Wolverine Packing Company, a Detroit, Mich. establishment, is recalling approximately 1.8 million 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 ground beef products were produced between March 31, 2014 and April 18, 2014. For a full list of products that were recalledplease see the attached document.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 2574B” and will have a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MM DD 14” between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14.” These products were shipped to distributors for restaurant and retail use nationwide. There was no distribution of the products to the Department of Defense, the National School Lunch Program or catalog/internet sales.

Factors that can contribute to the size of the recall include potential contamination of additional products due to a lack of microbiological independence between lots in a production day, as well as a deficiency in supportive record-keeping by distributors.

FSIS was notified of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses on May 12, 2014. Working in conjunction with public health partners from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FSIS determined through a traceback investigation that there is a link between the ground beef products from Wolverine Packing Company and this illness cluster. Based on epidemiological and traceback investigations, 11 case-patients have been identified in 4 states with illness onset dates ranging from April 22, 2014 to May 2, 2014. Additional information may be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, http://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2014/O157H7-05-14/index.html. FSIS continues to work with our state and federal public health partners on this investigation and provide updated information as it becomes available.

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 routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, http://1.usa.gov/1cDxcDQ.

Consumers can call (800) 521-1390.Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

 

Comments

coasterfan

This is why government regulation is a good thing. Would anyone instead prefer that no one watch our food supply to make sure that it doesn't kill us? Would anyone rather fly in an airplane without the Federal Aviation Administration not checking airline safety and overseeing air traffic control?

Swallow an untested pill without the FDA here to test and enforce drug safety? How about defending our nation without a military or fighting fires without your local fire department?

These are all government agencies. So, the next time some idiot like Grover Norquist says something stupid like "we need to shrink the government until it's small enough that it can be drowned in a bathtub", let's all stop for a moment and think about what he is really proposing: a country with none of the basic services we have all come to rely upon, and a country with a far diminished ability to provide safety to its citizenry.

Smcc Student

Coasterfan

It is obvious that there are a lot of good government agencies that we will always need. There are plenty of jobs in america that simply cannot be privatized. PD, FD, etc.... Clearly we will need government to run these agencies.

But....
You cannot generalize that government regulation is a good thing just because a few of these programs. There are plenty of government agencies that aren't helping. And there is a lot of regulation from the government in the private sector that is causing America problems...

I can't say all illegal immigrants are murderers because a few of them commit a murder. It isn't fair to generalize every person in that group. Have an open mind please.

grumpy

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Erie County Resident

I hate to tell you coaster your master is doing his best to gut the military, and also pushing for his drones to circle the country unchecked to add FAA troubles. By the way none of what your complaining about has anything to do with this recall.

Look at it this way, if the FDA was actually doing it's job none of this crap would have left the plant.

Hey SR how about telling us where this stuff was sold like the state and what stores.

coasterfan

He's not my master, however, I do realize that he is a far, far better option than anyone else who has run for Pres over the past 2 elections.

I would agree that the FDA fumbled this one, but the answer would be the typical Democrat stance: let's fix the FDA, rather than the typical Republican stance: the FDA stinks because it's big government, so let's get rid of it, we don't need anything regulated, anyway.

I differ from you in that I worry about things we should actually be worried about.

Darwin's choice

Troll

Truth2u

Now Coaster has us all dying if we even try to cut back on any government spending. Inspectors do not and can not inspect every piece of meat that goes through, instead they randomly take a head from one of the animals and check the brain for specific things. Ask anyone who worked at Sandusky Dressed Beef or who currently works at Routh Packaging and they will tell you its a good idea but far from providing real protection.

If the USDA was doing such a great job then why is there over 58 pages of recalls? And many times its the packaging company itself who does the testing and reports their findings to the USDA, so the packager itself is doing the real work. Must be terrible to live in such fear of not having enough Government nurse mates to protect you Coaster.

coasterfan

I think my point is this: even if the current regulatory system that oversees our food supply isn't perfect, it's still better than not having any regulatory system. If I have to choose between them catching half of the problem, and abolishing the FDA (so we'll catch 0% of the problem), I'll choose the former.

Actually, you're right, people can and do die from food-borne illnesses. If we can prevent that, why wouldn't we want to do that?
Oh, I forgot. Republicans don't care if people die, unless it's someone from their own family. And if they have to choose between making money and making things safe for Americans, they always choose the $$$.

For a look at what it was like before any government oversight was in place to protect our food supply, read "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. Great book that exposed the widespread health violations and unsanitary practices in the American meatpacking industry during the early 20th century.

The only thing that I live in fear of is that conservatives will someday regain the White House. Spending and our Nat'l Debt increased greatly under the last 3 Republican presidents, and went down under every Democratic president since 1980. Kinda funny that the GOP thinks that it is the party of "Fiscal Responsibility", isn't it?

Smcc Student

"Oh, I forgot. Republicans don't care if people die, unless it's someone from their own family. And if they have to choose between making money and making things safe for Americans, they always choose the $$$,"

Coasterfan

You are the problem in America. It is petty stereotypes like this that prevent anyone from moving forward.

Allow me to open your eyes a bit. Republicans do care about people that die, even if it is not from their family. In fact, every year for the last 40 years during the month of january we have been holding a march for life rally in D.C. Where we republicans go to protest the 52 million murdered unborn humans committed by democrats. So shut your pie hole on that one.

Also, lets take a look at voting tendencies. (And by no means am I generalizing that all catholics are 100% perfect) Catholics tend to vote republican, while protestants vote democrat. The Catholic Church is the worlds most charitable organization... EVER!. In fact, they spend billions of dollars every year helping people other than themselves. (Read that last sentence again if you still cannot believe republicans help people). Ever thought about all those jobs republicans supply? (some that are ruined by labor unions).

And I have read "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. So coasterfan, do you even realize when that book took place? My friend, this was in the early 1900's when there was a need for unions because of greedy business owners. It was a GREAT thing when the FDA came around. It was needed, and still is today. My point however, is that the type of things that happened in "The Jungle", do not come anywhere relatively close to what is happening present day. Meat companies aren't throwing mice they find on the ground in their machines to produce more meat. You can't view businesses as the bad guy that is corrupt and always looking for a way to exploit their workers to bank some $$$, and the Gov't coming in to save the day. Im sure in a few cases that is true, but nowhere near all. Your liberal fantasy world is not reality.

The Big Dog's back

Another right to birth person. Of course after they're born, the heck with them.

Pete

You're preferred method is of course to roto-rooter and shop-vac them while they can't defend themselves huh.

The Big Dog's back

My preferred method is letting the woman decide.

Smcc Student

Doggy, the woman already chose. She chose to have unprotected sex, or something failed. If you don't want a kid, don't have sex when you're not ready, plain and simple. After 18 days the unborn baby has a heartbeat. Thats murder if you kill it.

The Big Dog's back

No, it's not.

The Big Dog's back

So, after they're born they're on their own right?

Smcc Student

Doggy, its been proven by the thing you libs cling so much to... SCIENCE!
And no, not until they're 18. Why do you think all republicans hate people.

Florence Nightingale

Truth2u is right in that the USDA (not the FDA) cannot possibly inspect every piece of meat. And coasterfan is right in that, from a public health standpoint, the regulatory agencies should be strengthened, not gutted.

grumpy

We have no clue as to how efficient the FSIS was in this. The date of production at the plant start March 31 until April 18, and when FSIS was notified about folks being sick was May 12. Now on May 20 the public is notified after 6 weeks. I don't know if FSIS tests anything or just waits till they are notified that people are getting sick. Article doesn't say. I thought that they had inspectors on site at meat packing plants. Before I would say whether or not the inspectors or regulations are good till I know more about those things and more. The article says nothing of those things. Does anyone think that inspectors waiting till folks get sick, this time over 6 weeks is what inspectors should be doing? Are these the regulations that we have for inspecting meat, and meat packing? Not much of an article except for the link to what to look for if you buy beef at a supermarket. Perhaps since coaster is claiming how great the regulators and regulations are, and uses this to show it he could come and answer those questions. I know if I use something to show my point I can answer some basic questions about an example I used...

Florence Nightingale

Here's a start, grumpy - http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/por...