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In early May, the United States Department of Agriculture announced the recall of 4,663 pounds of ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Alex & George Wholesale, Inc., a Rochester, New York firm recalled the following products:

  • 10-pound poly bag of "A & G Brand BULK GROUND BEEF"
  • 10-pound poly bag of "A & G Brand ‘HOT SAUCE’ SPECIAL BLEND"
  • 25-pound poly bag of "A & G Brand BULK GROUND BEEF"
  • 30-pound poly bag of "A & G Brand BULK GROUND BEEF"
  • 10-pound case of (3-1) "A & G Brand GROUND BEEF PATTIES"
  • 10-pound case of (5-1) "A & G Brand GROUND BEEF PATTIES"
  • 10-pound case of "A & G Brand ‘Homestyle Press’ GROUND BEEF PATTIES"
  • 10-pound case of (6-1) "A & G Brand GROUND BEEF PATTIES"
  • Cases containing 48, 4.25-ounce"A & G Brand GROUND BEEF PATTIES ‘PUCKS’"
  • Cases containing 48, 5-ounce "A & G Brand ‘Homestyle Press’ GROUND BEEF PATTIES"
  • Cases containing 48, 5-ounce (4-1) "A & G Brand ‘Homestyle Press’ GROUND BEEF PATTIES"
  • Cases containing 48, 5-ounce "A & G Brand GROUND BEEF PATTIES ‘PUCKS.’"

These packages of ground beef were packed in 10, 15, 25, and 30-pound shipping cases which bear the establishment number "EST. 4553" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The (3-1), (4-1), (5-1) and (6-1) refers to the number of portions per one pound. Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact plant manager Bill Stathopoulos at (585) 261-6476.

If you suffer from food poisoning, you need to get immediate medical care. If it continues or there are long term affects, you should contact an attorney concerning the problem. Early investigation can include the collection of samples, checking for health alerts, and the proper notifying of those who caused the problem.

6 Comments

  1. Gravatar for Daniel 8791

    Glad to hear that it's such a small amount in the recall, hopefully this a sign of more awareness by the companies and inspectors. Considering the massive amounts of food illnesses recently, I think we can take this one with some good overall feeling for the food industry and consumers too.

  2. Gravatar for Mike Bryant

    The problem seems to be limited in scope, but has had deadly consequences. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

  3. Gravatar for Carol Smith

    My husband died March 18 from a disease related to mad cow (CJD. He started getting sick in August and the disease finally took his life. I am an R.N. and worked in public health for 11 years. I feel strongly that he came in contact w/ tainted meat due to the poor conditions in some of our meat packing companies. This is the wealthiest country in the world. Are we so desperate and greedy that we would put people's lives in jeopardy by slaughtering sick and dying cows and putting them in our food supply? When is enough ENOUGH!!!

  4. Gravatar for Mike Bryant

    Very sorry to hear about your loss, I agree that much more needs to be done to protect our food. Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment.

  5. Gravatar for Nancy Morrison

    I have packs of one or two pounds of hamburger in my fridge. Should I toss it out? All it says on the pkg is PUBLIX.

    And with these re-calls..why dont we ever hear it is now OK to buy the product warned about again. I am still waiting to hear of we can eat Peanut butter again!!

    This is a sorry system for the USA to have. I even cked the Food and drug site and they cant even tell me if it's OK to eat peanuts again much less tainted meat in May of 2009.

  6. Gravatar for Mike Bryant

    If it's part of the recall, i would call the number above. If not, it should be ok. On the peanut butter it depends if it's part of the recalls. You can search this sight and find the list of recalls. Hopefully, the system will improve. But years of deregulation hasn't helped. Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment.

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