Topps Expands Ground Beef Recall

More Than 21 Million Pounds of Frozen Hamburgers Recalled by Topps Meat Co.

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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 safety assessment.

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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 package.

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 legend.

"It is important that consumers look for the recalled products and return them if found in their freezers," states the USDA in a news release.

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 USDA.

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 anyway.

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Topps also recommends washing your hands and any surfaces that the recalled products touched (countertops, for instance) if you handled any of the recalled products.

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.

Topps Apologizes

"Because the health and safety of our consumers is our top priority, we are taking these expansive measures," says Geoffrey Livermore, Topps' vice president of operations, in the Topps news release.

"We sincerely regret any inconvenience and concerns this may cause our consumers," Livermore says.

He adds that Topps is working with the USDA, health officials, retailers, and distributors to ensure the safety of its products and has upgraded its internal quality control procedures for food safety.

Topps says this is the first product recall in the company's 65-year history.

Facts on food recalls and food safety are posted on the USDA's web site.

Recalled Topps Products

The products subject to Topps Meat Co.'s original and expanded recall include:

• 10-pound boxes of "BUTCHER’S BEST 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES 75/25, 4 OZ (4-1), 40 PIECES."

• 10-pound boxes of "BUTCHER’S BEST 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES 75/25, 6 OZ FLAT, 27 PIECES."

• 10-pound boxes of "KOHLER FOODS 4 OZ FLAT HAMBURGER, CODE: 60100, 40 PCS."

• 10-pound boxes of "KOHLER FOODS 6 OZ FLAT HAMBURGER, CODE: 60200, 27 PCS."

• 10-pound boxes of "KOHLER FOODS 8 OZ FLAT HAMBURGER, CODE: 60300, 20 PCS."

• 3-pound boxes of "MIKE'S 12 SEASONED BEEF PATTIES."

• 5-pound boxes of "MIKE'S 20 SEASONED BEEF PATTIES."

• 3-pound boxes of "PATHMARK 100% ALL BEEF BURGERS, 16 BEEF BURGERS."

• 5-pound boxes of "PATHMARK 100% ALL BEEF BURGERS, 20 BEEF BURGERS."

• 10-pound boxes of "PATHMARK 100% ALL BEEF BURGERS, 40 BEEF BURGERS."

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• 10-pound boxes of "RASTELLI'S FINE FOODS 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER (80/20), 10 OZ H, 16 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "RASTELLI'S FINE FOODS 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER (80/20), 3.2 OZ, 50 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "RASTELLI'S FINE FOODS 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER (80/20), 4 OZ, 40 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "RASTELLI'S FINE FOODS 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER (80/20), 6 OZ FLAT, 27 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "RASTELLI'S FINE FOODS 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER (80/20), 8 OZ FLAT, 20 COUNT."

• 10 pound boxes of RASTELLI'S FINE FOODS 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER (85/15), 6 OZ, FLAT 27 COUNT.

• 10-pound boxes of "ROMA - TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 2 OZ, 80 PIECES."

• 10-pound boxes of "ROMA - TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 3.2 OZ, 50 PIECES."

• 10-pound boxes of "ROMA - TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 4 OZ, 40 PIECES."

• 10-pound boxes of "ROMA - TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 5 OZ, 32 PIECES."

• 10-pound boxes of "ROMA - TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 5.3 OZ, 30 PIECES."

• 10-pound boxes of "ROMA - TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 6 OZ, 27 PIECES."

• 10-pound boxes of "ROMA - TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 7 OZ, 23 PIECES."

• 10-pound boxes of "ROMA - TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 8 OZ FLAT, 20 PIECES."

• 10-pound boxes of "ROMA - TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 8 OZ H, 20 PIECES."

• 10-pound boxes of "ROMA - TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 10 OZ H, 16 PIECES."

• 3-pound bags of "SAM'S CHOICE BACKYARD GOURMET BEEF BURGERS, 75/25, 12 QUARTER POUND ROUND PATTIES."

• 6-pound bags of "SAM'S CHOICE BACKYARD GOURMET BEEF BURGERS, 75/25, 24 QUARTER POUND ROUND PATTIES."

• 3-pound bags of "SAM'S CHOICE BACKYARD GOURMET BEEF BURGERS, 80/20, 12 QUARTER POUND ROUND PATTIES."

• 3-pound bags of "SAM'S CHOICE BACKYARD GOURMET BEEF BURGERS, 85/15, 12 QUARTER POUND ROUND PATTIES."

• 10-pound boxes of "SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER (75/25), 8 OZ FLAT, 20 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER (80/20), 4 OZ, 40 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER (80/20), 6 OZ, 27 COUNT.

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• 10-pound boxes of "SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER (80/20), 8 OZ FLAT, 20 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER (85/15), 3.2 OZ, 50 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER (85/15), 4 OZ, 40 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER (85/15), 6 OZ FLAT, 27 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGER (85/15), 10 OZ H, 16 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT ANGUS CHUCK BURGER (80/20), 8 OZ FLAT, 20 COUNT."

• 3-pound boxes of "SHOP RITE 100% PURE GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS, 16 3 OZ BURGERS."

• 3-pound boxes of "SHOP RITE 100% PURE QUARTER POUND GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS."

• 5-pound boxes of "SHOP RITE 100% PURE QUARTER POUND GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS."

• 10-pound boxes of "SHOP RITE 100% PURE QUARTER POUND GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 1 OZ SLIDER."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 10 OZ (PUB BURGER)."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 2 OZ."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 2.67 OZ."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 3 OZ HOMESTYLE."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 4 OZ."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGERS, 4 OZ (4-1) HOMESTYLE."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 4 OZ FLAT."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 5 OZ, 32 PIECES."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGERS 5 OZ (1/2-inch)"

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 6 OZ (5/8-inch)."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 6 OZ (85/15)."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 6 OZ (HOMESTYLE)."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 6 OZ (PUB BURGER)."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 7 OZ."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 7 OZ (75/25)."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 8 OZ FLAT."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGERS, 8 OZ (PUB BURGER)"

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• 1.5-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PURE GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS, 3 OZ (8 COUNT)."

• 2-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PURE GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS, 3 OZ, 10 COUNT."

• 3-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PURE GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS, 6 OZ. PUB BURGERS."

• 2-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PURE GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS, 8 QUARTER POUNDERS."

• 3-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PURE GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS, 12 QUARTER POUNDERS."

• 3-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PURE GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS, 16 HAMBURGERS."

• 5-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PURE GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS, 20 QUARTER POUNDERS."

• 8-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PURE GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS, 32 QUARTER POUNDERS."

• 2-pound boxes of "TOPPS SIRLOIN STEAK BURGERS WITH FIREROASTED ONIONS, 6 1/3 LB. HOMESTYLE BURGERS."

• 2-pound boxes of "TOPPS SIRLOIN STEAK BURGERS WITH PORTABELLA MUSHROOMS, 6 1/3 LB. HOMESTYLE BURGERS."

• 2-pound boxes of "TOPPS SIRLOIN STEAK BURGERS, 6 1/3 LB. HOMESTYLE BURGERS."

• 10-pound boxes of "TOPPS HAMBURGERS, 3.2 OZ, 50 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "WEST SIDE 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 3 OZ, 53 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "WEST SIDE 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 3.2 OZ, 50 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "WEST SIDE 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 4 OZ, 40 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "WESTSIDE, 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 5 OZ FLAT, 32 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "WEST SIDE 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 6 OZ, 27 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "WESTSIDE, 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 6 OZ FLAT, 27 COUNT."

• 10-pound boxes of "WESTSIDE, 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 8 OZ FLAT, 20 COUNT."

WebMD Health News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on October 01, 2007

Sources

SOURCES: News release, U.S. Department of Agriculture. News release, Topps Meat Co. WebMD Medical News: "Ground Beef Recalled Due to E. coli."

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