Product Liability

Death, illnesses trigger ground beef recall

More than a half million pounds of ground beef have been recalled by the New York manufacturer after one person died and others were sickened after consuming the meat, which was possibly contaminated with E.coli. The recall was initiated by Fairbanks Farms and includes ground beef, meatloaf and meatball mix with the sell-by dates from September 19-28 and sold under brands such as Trader Joe’s Butcher Shop Fine Quality Meats, Giant Meatloaf & Meatball Mix, and BJ’s Lean Ground Beef, contains 7 percent fat.

The recall includes the following products:

ACME
Packaged products (Sell-by dates ranging from 09/19/09 through 09/28/09)

  • Wild Harvest Natural Angus Ground Beef 85/15, 1#
  • Lancaster Brand Extra Lean Ground Beef 96/04, 1#
  • Lancaster Brand Ground Beef 90/10, 1# & 2#

BJ’s Wholesale Club/Burris
Packaged products (Sell-by dates ranging from 09/19/09 through 09/28/09)

  • Fresh Ground Beef Patties 85/15, 5#
  • Lean Ground Beef 93/07, 3# & 5#
  • Meatloaf and Meatball Mix, 2.5#

Ford Brothers
Packaged products (Sell-by dates ranging from 09/19/09 to 09/28/09)

  • Fresh Ground Beef Patty 80/20, 3#

Giant Food Stores
Packaged products (Sell-by dates ranging from 09/19/09 to 09/28/09)

  • Giant Meatloaf & Meatball Mix, 1#
  • Giant Nature’s Promise Ground Beef, 1#
  • Giant Nature’s Promise Ground Beef Patties
  • Giant Extra Lean Ground Beef 96/04, 1#

Price Chopper
Packaged products (Sell-by dates ranging from 09/19/09 to 09/28/09)

  • Price Chopper Meatloaf & Meatball Mix, 1# & 2.5#
  • Price Chopper Extra Lean Ground Beef 96/4, 1#
  • Price Chopper Fresh Ground Beef Chuck for Chili 80/20, 1#

Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.
Packaged products (Sell-by dates ranging from 09/19/09 to 09/28/09)

  • Shaw’s Fresh Ground Beef 93/7, 1# and 2#
  • Shaw’s Fresh Ground Beef 80/20, 1#, 2#, 3#
  • Shaw’s Fresh Ground Beef 75/25, 1# and 3#
  • Shaw’s Fresh Ground Sirloin Beef Patties 90/10, 1.3#
  • Shaw’s Fresh Ground Round Beef Patties 85/15, 1.3#
  • Shaw’s Fresh Ground Beef Patties 80/20, 1.3#
  • Shaw’s Fresh Ground Beef Patties Family Pack 80/20, 3#
  • Shaw’s Angus Ground Beef 85/15, 1#
  • Shaw’s Fresh Ground Round Beef 85/15, 1#, 2#, 3#
  • Shaw’s Natural Ground Beef 90/10, 1#
  • Shaw’s Natural Ground Beef 85/15, 1#
  • Shaw’s Fresh Ground Sirloin 90/10, 1#, 2#, 3#
  • Meatloaf & Meatball Mix, 1#

Trader Joe’s
Brick packs (Sell-by dates 10/06/09 or10/07/09)

  • Trader Joe’s Butcher Shop Fine Quality Meats Ground Beef 85/15, 1#
  • Trader Joe’s Butcher Shop Fine Quality Meats Ground Beef 80/20, 1#

Packaged Products (Sell-by dates ranging from 09/19/09 to 09/28/09)

  • Trader Joe’s Butcher Shop Fine Quality Meats Beef Patty 85/15, 1#
  • Trader Joe’s Butcher Shop Fine Quality Meats Ground Beef 96/4 Extra Lean, 1#

Other products

  • Cases of 10-lb. Fairbank Farms fresh ground beef chubs (for store grind). These products had a sell date of 10/3/09, 10/4/09 or 10/5/09, but will likely not bear those sell-by dates on their package labels. These products were distributed to retail establishments in Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia for further processing. Consumers with concerns should contact their point of purchase.

The recall affects seven states along the east coast, from Maine to North Carolina, but because chain stores redistribute products, more states may be added, warns the USDA. Some affected products may also carry different labels and sell-by dates than are included in the USDA product list. Consumers with questions about their meat products should contact the store where they purchased the meat, or simply throw the product away.