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Ground Beef Recalled Because of E. coli Risk

Fairbank Farms Recalls 545,699 Pounds of Fresh Ground Beef Products That May Be Tainted With E. coli
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Nov. 2, 2009 -- Fairbank Farms of Ashville, N.Y., is recalling more than half a million pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has found an association between the recalled products and a cluster of E. coli illnesses in Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts.

E. coli can cause diarrhea (which may be bloody), dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors, and people with weak immune systems are the most vulnerable.

Here is the USDA's list of recalled beef products from Fairbank Farms:


Trader Joe's:

  • 1-pound packages of "TRADER JOE'S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF 85/15."
  • 1-pound packages of "TRADER JOE'S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF 80/20." NOTE: The sell-by dates for the above two products may be Oct. 6 or 7, 2009.
  • 1-pound trays of "TRADER JOE'S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF PATTIES 96/4 EXTRA LEAN."
  • 1-pound trays of "TRADER JOE'S BUTCHER SHOP FINE QUALITY MEATS GROUND BEEF PATTIES 85/15."

Price Chopper:

  • 1- and 2.5-pound trays of "PRICE CHOPPER MEATLOAF & MEATBALL MIX."
  • 1-pound trays of "PRICE CHOPPER EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF 96/4."
  • 1-pound trays of "PRICE CHOPPER FRESH GROUND BEEF CHUCK FOR CHILI 80% LEAN 20% FAT."

Lancaster and Wild Harvest:

  • 1-pound trays of "LANCASTER BRAND 96/4 EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF."
  • 1- and 2-pound trays of "LANCASTER BRAND 90/10 GROUND BEEF."
  • 1-pound trays of "WILD HARVEST NATURAL 85/15 ANGUS GROUND BEEF."

Shaw's:

  • 1- and 2-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND BEEF 93/7."
  • 1-, 2- and 3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND BEEF 80/20."
  • 1- and 3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND BEEF 75/25."
  • 1.3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND SIRLOIN BEEF PATTIES 90/10."
  • 1.3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND ROUND BEEF PATTIES 85/15."
  • 1.3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND BEEF PATTIES 80/20."
  • 3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND BEEF PATTIES FAMILY PACK 80/20."
  • 1-pound trays of "SHAW'S ANGUS GROUND BEEF 85/15."
  • 1-, 2- and 3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND ROUND BEEF 85/15."
  • 1-pound trays of "SHAW'S 90% NATURAL GROUND BEEF."
  • 1-pound trays of "SHAW'S 85% NATURAL GROUND BEEF."
  • 1-, 2- and 3-pound trays of "SHAW'S FRESH GROUND SIRLOIN 90/10."
  • 1-pound trays of "MEATLOAF & MEATBALL MIX."

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