East coast beef recall expanded, check your freezer

A wide ranging beef recall from Maine to North Carolina means e-coli infected meat could be lurking in the freezers of clueless carnivores up and down the East Coast.

Consumers have been advised to check freezers for the contaminated batch of beef issued by Fairbank Farms of Ashville, N.Y. Affected meats have sell-by dates of Sept. 19 through Sept. 28, and contain the code “EST. 492” inside the USDA inspection mark or on the nutrition label. The meat is believed to have possibly caused a death in New Hampshire and sickness in more than one state.

Originally the meat was recalled in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Massachusetts and North Carolina. As investigation of food distribution channels revealed the possibility of further movement of the potentially contaminated meat, the recall expanded to include much of the East Coast.

Consumers may return the ground beef to the point of purchase for a full refund. Below is a list of stores that may have carried the possibly contaminated meat:

Acme Markets. Lancaster Brand Ground Beef 90/10, 1-pound and 2-pound trays. Lancaster Brand Extra Lean Ground Beef 96/04, 1-pound tray. Wild Harvest Natural Angus Ground Beef 85/15, 1-pound tray.

BJ’s Wholesale Club/Burris. Fresh Ground Beef Patties 85/15, 5-pound tray. Lean Ground Beef 93/07, 3-pound and 5-pound trays. Meatloaf and Meatball Mix, 2.5-pound tray.

Ford Brothers Fresh Ground Beef Patty 80/20, 3-pound tray.

Giant Food Stores. Giant Meatloaf & Meatball Mix, 1-pound tray. Giant Nature’s Promise Ground Beef, 1-pound tray. Giant Nature’s Promise Ground Beef Patties, 1-pound tray. Giant Extra Lean Ground Beef 96/04, 1-pound tray.

Price Chopper. Price Chopper Meatloaf & Meatball Mix, 1-pound and 2.5-pound trays. Price Chopper Extra Lean Ground Beef 96/4, 1-pound tray. Price Chopper Fresh Ground Beef Chuck for Chili 80/20, 1-pound tray.

Trader Joe’s. Brick packs with sell-by dates of 10/06/09 or 10/07/09): Trader Joe’s Butcher Shop Fine Quality Meats Ground Beef 85/15, 1-pound brick pack, and Trader Joe’s Butcher Shop Fine Quality Meats Ground Beef 80/20, 1-pound brick pack. Packaged Products with sell-by dates of 9/19/09 to 09/28/09: Trader Joe’s Butcher Shop Fine Quality Meats Beef Patty 85/15, 1-pound tray, and Trader Joe’s Butcher Shop Fine Quality Meats Ground Beef 96/4 Extra Lean, 1-pound tray.

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

Other products. Cases of 10-pound Fairbank Farms Fresh Ground Beef Chubs. “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,” according to the processor. “These products were distributed to retail establishments in Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia for further processing.”

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