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Town and Country Foods, Inc recall beef for E. coli risk

On April 11, 2012, the USDA announced a recall of 2,057 pounds of ground and tenderized beef products from Town and Country Foods, Inc., after the company confirmed a positive E. coli O157:H7 lab test result.  The following products are subject to the recall:

  • 5- and 10- lb. boxes of 2-, 2.6-, 3-, and 4- oz. “Town & Country Foods XL Hamburg Patties”
  • 5- and 10- lb. boxes of 2-, 2.6-, 3-, and 4- oz. “Town & Country Foods Hamburg Patties”
  • 10- lb. box containing variously weighted bags of “Town & Country Beef for Stewing”
  • 6-, 8-, and 10- oz. “Town & Country Beef Sirloin Filets”
  • 5- and 10- lb. boxes containing variously weighted bags of “Town and Country Hamburg”
  • 5- and 10- lb. boxes containing variously weighted bags of “Town and Country XL Hamburg”

Each case bears a label with the establishment number “EST. 9710” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Additionally, the products contain the following packaging codes: 10952, 10962, 10972, 11002, and 11012. The products subject to recall were produced between April 4, 2012 and April 10, 2012 and were shipped to wholesale and retail establishments in Maine. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website at www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/ Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

The problem was discovered through company lab testing which confirmed a positive result for E.coli O157:H7. The company did not hold product pending test results, resulting in this recall. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

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