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Pennsylvania E. coli outbreak linked to Hoss’s leads to recall
HFX, Inc., of South Claysburg, Pennsylvania, is voluntary recalling approximately 259,230 pounds of beef products due to possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
An investigation carried out by FSIS and the Pennsylvania Department of Health has linked several illnesses to steak products produced at the plant for Hoss’s Family Steak and Sea Restaurants, a Pennsylvania based restaurant chain.
The recalled products are:
- 4-pound boxes of “QUARTER POUND BEEF PATTIES.”
- 4-pound boxes of “HALF POUND BUN BUSTER BEEF PATTIES.”
- 4-pound boxes of “QUARTER POUND 100% BEEF BURGERS.”
- 4-pound boxes of “12 ONE THIRD POUND BEEF PATTIES.”
Generally, steaks are not considered a high-risk source of E. coli O157: H7. However, the products subject to recall were injected with tenderizers and flavor-enhancing solutions, and that process may have transferred the bacteria from the surface to the inside of the product.