New Jersey Firm Recalls Ground Beef for Possible Spoilage

More than 200,000 lbs of potentially <"">contaminated ground beef products are being recalled by One Great Burger, of Elizabeth, NJ. According to a notice from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the ground beef products have been the subject of customer complaints about discoloration and off-odors in the product, and they may be spoiled.

Products subject to this recall include 20 lbs. boxes of “ONEGREAT HAMBURGERS” with “ITEM #02044″ labeled on the front as well as “KEEP FROZEN.” Each box bears establishment number “EST. 34575″ within the USDA mark of inspection.

The products were produced between Jan. 2010 and May 2010 and contain “PACKED ON” dates ranging from July 2010 to Nov. 2010. The products were distributed to institutions in California and Oregon.

According to FSIS, following the consumer complaints, its review uncovered evidence to show that One Great Burger repackaged and recoded returned ground beef products and sent them out for further distribution to institutional customers. The FSIS said it considers the products to be adulterated and has acted to remove the products from commerce.

So far, there have been no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these recalled ground beef products. FSIS says health risks from the recalled ground beef are low, but individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company’s Director of Technical Services, John Haug, at (973) 477-9039.

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