Vermont Livestock, Slaughter and Processing Co., LLC, a Ferrisburg, Vt., firm, is recalling approximately 2,758 pounds of ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The following product is subject to recall: 5-pound approximate weight vacuum packages of “VT BURGER CO GROUND BEEF.”
These packages of ground beef products bear the establishment number “EST. 9558” inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as a lot code of “090508A,” “090808A,” “091208A,” “091908A” or “092208A.” This product was shipped two packages per box, intended for restaurants, food service and institutional use and not available for direct retail purchase.
These ground beef products were produced on Sept. 5, 8, 12, 19 and 22 and delivered to distribution centers intended for restaurants and institutions in Vermont and Plattsburgh, N.Y.
The problem was discovered through a joint epidemiological investigation by FSIS and the Vermont Department of Health.
FSIS has received 10 confirmed reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult a medical professional.
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.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact company Manager Carl Cushing at (802) 793-4742.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at 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.