Congressional and Public Affairs (202) 720-9113 Roger Sockman
Alex & George Wholesale, Inc., a Rochester, New York firm, is recalling approximately 4,663 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.
PREPARING GROUND BEEF FOR SAFE CONSUMPTION
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit www.fsis.usda.gov
Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot soapy water. Immediately clean spills.
Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.
Consumers should only eat ground beef or ground beef patties that have been cooked to a safe internal temperature of 160° F.
Color is NOT a reliable indicator that ground beef or ground beef patties have been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7.
The only way to be sure ground beef is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.
Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90° F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.
The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels, PDF Only] 10-pound poly bag of “A & G Brand BULK GROUND BEEF” 10-pound poly bag of “A & G Brand ‘HOT SAUCE’ SPECIAL BLEND” 25-pound poly bag of “A & G Brand BULK GROUND BEEF” 30-pound poly bag of “A & G Brand BULK GROUND BEEF” 10-pound case of (3-1) “A & G Brand GROUND BEEF PATTIES” 10-pound case of (5-1) “A & G Brand GROUND BEEF PATTIES” 10-pound case of “A & G Brand ‘Homestyle Press’ GROUND BEEF PATTIES” 10-pound case of (6-1) “A & G Brand GROUND BEEF PATTIES” Cases containing 48, 4.25-ounce”A & G Brand GROUND BEEF PATTIES ‘PUCKS'” Cases containing 48, 5-ounce “A & G Brand ‘Homestyle Press’ GROUND BEEF PATTIES” Cases containing 48, 5-ounce (4-1) “A & G Brand ‘Homestyle Press’ GROUND BEEF PATTIES” Cases containing 48, 5-ounce “A & G Brand GROUND BEEF PATTIES ‘PUCKS.'” These packages of ground beef were packed in 10, 15, 25, and 30-pound shipping cases which bear the establishment number “EST. 4553” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The (3-1), (4-1), (5-1) and (6-1) refers to the number of portions per one pound.
These ground beef products were produced on April 29 and distributed to restaurants in western New York.
The problem was discovered through a routine FSIS sampling procedure. FSIS has received no 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 plant manager Bill Stathopoulos at (585) 261-6476.
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.
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