Maine wholesaler detects E. coli, recalls beef products

Posted April 11, 2012, at 8:51 p.m.

GREENE, Maine — Food wholesaler Town and Country Foods is recalling approximately 2,057 pounds of ground and tenderized beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Safety and Inspection Service announced in a press release Wednesday.

The following products are subject to recall:

• 5- and 10-pound boxes of 2-, 2.6-, 3- and 4-oz. “Town and Country Foods XL Hamburg Patties.”

• 5- and 10-pound boxes of 2-, 2.6-, 3- and 4-oz. “Town and Country Foods Hamburg Patties.”

• 10-pound box containing variously weighted bags of “Town and Country Beef for Stewing.”

• 6-, 8- and 10-oz. “Town and Country Beef Sirloin Fillets.”

• 5- and 10-pound boxes containing variously weighted bags of “Town and Country XL Hamburg.”

• 5- and 10-pound boxes containing variously weighted bags of “Town and Country Hamburg.”

Each case contains a label with the establishment number “EST. 9710” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products also contain the following packaging codes: 10952, 10962, 10972, 11002 and 11012.

The problem was discovered after company lab testing confirmed a positive result for E. coli O157:H7, according to the press release. Town and Country Foods and the inspection service said they have not received any reports of illness associated with consumption of the recalled products. Individuals who are concerned about an illness should contact a healthc are provider.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall should call Karen Brackett of Town and Country Foods Inc. at 207-946-5489.

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