Monday, June 9, 2008

New Jersey Firm Recalls Ground Beef

Dutch’s Meat, Inc. of Trenton, NJ has recalled more than 13,000 pounds of ground meat products after USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service found E. coli O157:H7 in a sample of the meat while carrying out a routine sampling program.

The ground meat products are labeled with EST 5424 inside the USDA inspection seal, and with a packaging date between May 27, 2008 through June 6, 2008. None of the recalled product was distributed to retail stores; all of it was supplied to restaurants and food service establishments in the Trenton, NJ area.

This recall is a timely reminder that E. coli O157:H7 is still with us. To avoid illness from E. coli O157:H7 – or from Salmonella – when preparing hamburgers, cook them to an internal temperature of 160ºF.

For more information on ground beef – including safe handling, storage and preparation – check out USDA's Focus on Ground Beef.

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