Voluntary Recalls November 2007 – Check your Freezers

By Patricia L Johnson

Only three (3)  days into the month of November and already we’ve had two major food recalls on the books due to possible E. coli contamination, 1.1 million pounds of ground beef sold nationally under various brand names and 414,000 cases of pizza products sold by General Mills under the Totino and Jeno brand names.

What’s going on with our food chain?  Have food processors become so lax in following safety standards that our food supplies are becoming contaminated or is there more to this story than meets the eye? 

Both recalls are classified as Class I …"health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."

These recalls are being made due to USDA inspections finding E. coli in the products which seems odd.  If the USDA finds evidence of a Class I risk to consumers, why aren’t these recalls mandatory rather than voluntary? 

Seems like consumers should deserve mandatory recalls when E. coli is an extra added ingredient, not listed.

Following are excerpts regarding the recalls and a listing of recalled products, for complete information on these recalls, please click the links that take you directly to the Cargill and General Mills Totino and Jeno sites.

"November 3, 2007

WICHITA, Kan. Cargill Meat Solutions said it is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,084,384 pounds of ground beef produced at its Wyalusing, Pa., Cargill Regional Beef facility because of the possible presence of E. coli O157:H7. The ground beef products subject to recall were produced at the Wyalusing plant between Oct. 8 and 11, 2007, and were distributed to retailers nationwide.

Products subject to recall are:

• 1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 80/20 Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 3.0-pound packages of “Century Farm 80/20 Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 1-pound packages of “Century Farm 80/20 Ground Beef Patty.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 85/15 Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 3-pound packages of “Century Farm 90/10 Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 10/19/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 90/10 Ground Beef Patties.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 90/10 Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 93/7 Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 1-pound packages of “Century Farm 96/4 Extra Lean Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 10/19/2007 & 10/31/2007

• 1-pound packages of “Century Farm 85/15 Ground Beef Patties.” Use by/freeze by 10/19/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 93/7 Ground Beef Patties.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 80/20 Chuck Ground Beef Patties.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm 80/20 Chuck Ground Beef for Chili.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007 & 11/03/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Century Farm Meatloaf Mix, Beef, Pork and Veal with Natural Flavors.” Use by/freeze by 10/19/2007, 10/22/2007, 10/31/2007 & 11/03/2007

• 1.25- pound packages of “Giant 75/25 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 3.0- pound packages of “Giant 75/25 Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• 1.25-pound packages of “Giant 80/20 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 3.0-pound packages of “Giant 80/20 Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Giant Eagle Ground Chuck Beef Patties 80/20.” Use by/freeze by 10/19/2007 &10/22/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Giant Eagle Ground Beef Patties 92/8.” Use by/freeze by 10/22/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Giant Eagle Ground Beef Patties 85/15 – Certified Angus Beef Brand.” Use by/freeze by 10/19/2007 & 10/22/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Giant Eagle Ground Round Beef Patties 85/15.” Use by/freeze by 10/19/2007 & 10/22/2007

• 3.0-pound packages of “Shop Rite, 80% Lean 20% Fat, Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007 & 11/03/2007

• 3.0-pound packages of “Shop Rite, 85% Lean 15% Fat, Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007 & 11/03/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Shop Rite, 93% Lean 7% Fat, Ground Beef Patties.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Shop Rite, 93% Lean 7% Fat, Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 1-pound packages of “Shop Rite, 96% Lean 4% Fat, Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• 1.25- pound packages of “Stop & Shop 75/25 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007 & 11/03/2007

• 5.0- pound packages of “Stop & Shop 75/25 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 1.25-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 80/20 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007 & 11/03/2007

• 1.25-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 85/15 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• 1.2-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 87/13 Ground Beef Sirloin, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• 1-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 90/10 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• 1.0-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 80/20 Ground Beef Patties, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 80/20 Ground Beef Patties, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 2.6-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 80/20 Ground Beef Patties, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 90/10 Ground Beef Patties, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007 & 11/03/2007

• 2.5-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 90/10 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 10/19/2007

• 2.5-pound packages of “Stop & Shop 93/7 Ground Beef, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• 1-pound packages of “Wegmans 80/20 Ground Beef Patties.” Use by/freeze by 10/19/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Wegmans 90/10 Ground Beef Patties.” Use by/freeze by 10/19/2007 & 10/22/2007

• 3-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats, 73/27 Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 1-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats, 80/20 Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• 3-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats, 80/20 Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007 & 11/03/2007

• 1-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats 85/15 Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• 2.0 and 3.0 -pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats 85/15 Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 2-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats 93/7 Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 1-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats 93/7 Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• 1-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats 96/4 Ground Beef Extra Lean.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats 90/10 Ground Beef Sirloin Patties.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats Meatloaf Mix, Beef, Pork and Veal with Natural Flavors.” Use by/freeze by10/31/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Weis Premium Meats 80/20 Ground Beef for Chili.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Meat Loaf Mix, Made with Beef, Pork, Veal, with Natural Flavors.” Use by/freeze by 10/19/2007 & 10/22/2007

• 1.25-pound packages of “Meatloaf Mix, A Blend of Fresh Ground Beef, Pork & Veal, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• Various weight packages of “85/15 Coarse Ground Beef for Chili Meat, All Natural.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Ground Beef Chuck for Chili 80/20.” Use by/freeze by 10/19/2007 & 10/22/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Price Rite 85% Lean, 15% Fat Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 1.3-pound packages of “Price Rite 80% Lean, 20% Fat Ground Beef.” Use by/freeze by 11/03/2007

• 1.3 pound packages of “Price Rite Meat loaf mix.” Use by/freeze by 10/31/207 & 11/03/2007

Each package or label bears the establishment number “Est. 9400” inside the USDA mark of inspection. As the use/freeze-by dates for products subject to this recall have expired, consumers are urged to look in their freezers for these products and return or discard them if found.

In addition to the above listed products, there are various weights and varieties of ground beef, ground chuck, and ground sirloin product that were distributed for further processing and repackaging and will not bear the same establishment number on the package.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company’s food safety line at 1-877-455-1034.

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November 2, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS — Totino’s and Jeno’s today announced a voluntary recall of frozen pizzas with pepperoni toppings because of possible contamination of the pepperoni topping with E. coli O157:H7. 

The specific products in the recall include:

Brand
Product
SKU number

Totino’s
Party Supreme
42800-10700

Totino’s
Three Meat
42800-10800

Totino’s
Pepperoni
42800-11400

Totino’s
Pepperoni
42800-92114

Totino’s
Classic Pepperoni
42800-11402

Totino’s
Pepperoni Trio
42800-72157

Totino’s
Party Combo
42800-11600

Totino’s
Combo
42800-92116

Jeno’s
Crisp ‘n Tasty Supreme
35300-00561

Jeno’s
Crisp ‘n Tasty Pepperoni
35300-00572

Jeno’s
Crisp ‘n Tasty Combo
35300-00576

Contacts:
Consumers – (800) 949-9055"

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