Topps Expands Ground Beef Recall
More Than 21 Million Pounds of Frozen Hamburgers Recalled by Topps Meat Co.
Oct. 1, 2007 -- For the second time in a week, health officials are urging
consumers to check their freezers for recalled frozen ground beef products from
Topps Meat Co.
Topps on Saturday expanded its
Sept. 25 ground beef recall. The Topps recall now includes 21.7 million
pounds of frozen hamburgers and patties that may be contaminated with E.
coli 0157:H7 bacteria.
E. coli bacteria can cause abdominal cramps and diarrhea, which may
be bloody. While most people recover without treatment within a week, some may
have life-threatening complications. The young, old, and ill are particularly
at risk for serious complications from E. coli infection.
Currently, health officials are investigating 25 illnesses in Connecticut,
Florida, Indiana, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania,
according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
An investigation by the New York Department of Health and the CDC preceded
Topps' Sept. 25 ground beef recall.
According to the USDA, the Topps ground beef recall was expanded based on
additional tests, reported illnesses, and findings from a government food
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Ground Beef Recall: What to Do
The expanded recall includes all Topps products with a "sell by
date" or "best if used by date" that falls between Sept. 25, 2007,
and Sept. 25, 2008. This information may be found on the back panel of the
All recalled Topps products have a USDA establishment number of EST 9748,
which is located on the back panel of the package and/or in the USDA
"It is important that consumers look for the recalled products and
return them if found in their freezers," states the USDA in a news
The recalled products were produced on various dates between Sept. 25, 2006,
and Sept. 25, 2007, and were distributed to retailers nationwide and to food
service institutions in the New York metropolitan area, according to the
Topps says it believes that the vast majority of the recalled product has
already been consumed, but the company says people should check their freezers
Topps also recommends washing your hands and any surfaces that the recalled
products touched (countertops, for instance) if you handled any of the recalled
Topps is offering full refunds on its recalled products. To get a refund,
remove the sell-by date and UPC code and send them to Topps at the following
address: Attn: Recall Coordinator, Topps Meat Company LLC, P.O. Box 219, 1161
E. Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07207.
For more information on the ground beef recall, call Topps' consumer hotline
at (888) 734-0451 or visit the company's web site.