Spoiled Ground Beef Recall Expanded

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just expanded a Class II recall it announced on January 10th, in which ground beef was recalled.

One Great Burger, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, expanded its recall to include an undetermined amount of additional <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">ground beef products that may have become spoiled, the FSIS announced.

As noted in the original release, the products subject to this recall are adulterated because the establishment’s food safety plan was inadequate to produce safe product. In a continued investigation of the original recall, FSIS became aware of additional consumer complaints of discoloration and off-odors in the products. FSIS has determined that this ground beef is also adulterated and should not be consumed. There have been no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

The following products are additionally subject to recall: 4 lbs. boxes of “Winn Dixie beef patty 100% BEEF.” Each box contains 16 frozen patties weighing ¼ lb. each. Each box bears establishment number “EST. 34575″ within the USDA mark of inspection. The products have “Sell by” dates of “01/01/11″ through “02/27/11″ printed on the bottom of each box, followed by the lot code “204110.” Similar products with later “Sell by” dates are not subject to this recall. The products were produced between April 2010 and May 2010 and were distributed to grocery stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. While the products have been unavailable for purchase since May 2010, consumers who may have purchased them are urged to remove them from their freezers and discard them.

One Great Burger is also recalling an additional 21,400 pounds of the following product, which was listed in the January 10, 2011 release: 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 January 2010 and May 2010 and contain “PACKED ON” dates ranging from July 2010 to November 2010. The products were distributed to institutions nationwide.

Last week we wrote that more than 200,000 lbs of potentially contaminated ground beef products were being recalled by One Great Burger because, according to the FSIS, the ground beef products were the subject of customer complaints about discoloration and off-odors in the product, and they may be spoiled.

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.

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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