VT Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products, Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

WASHINGTON – Harrington and Sons, a Williston, Vt., establishment, is
recalling approximately 68 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be
contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food
Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall include: [View

  • 10-pound cryovaced packages of “LaPLATTE RIVER ANGUS FARM, LLC
  • 1.5-pound cryovaced packages of “LaPLATTE RIVER ANGUS FARM, LLC

Each package label bears the establishment number “EST. 8751” inside the USDA
mark of inspection as well as the identifying case code “093491.”

The products were produced on December 15, 2009, and were distributed to
restaurants and a retail establishment in Chittenden County, Vt.

This recall is a consequence of the establishment not properly defining the
production lot.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms
notify their customers (including restaurants) of the recall and that steps are
taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological sampling. FSIS has
received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.
Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

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.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including
fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef or ground beef patties that have
been cooked to a temperature of 160 F. The only way to be sure ground beef is
cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food
thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

Media and consumer questions regarding the recall should be directed to company
spokesperson John Kleptz at 802-578-8641.