October 20, 2008


Vermont recalls ground beef as suspected E.coli sickens consumers


Vermont Livestock, Slaughter and Processing Co. LLC, in Ferrisburg, Vt., firm, is recalling about 2,758 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, announced the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.


Subject to recall are 5-pound approximate weight vacuum packages of VT BURGER CO GROUND BEEF. These packages bear the establishment number EST. 9558 inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as a lot code of, 090508A ,090808A ,091208A ,091908A or 092208A.


This product was shipped two packages per box, intended for restaurants, food service and institutional use and not available for direct retail purchase.


The ground beef products were produced on Sept. 5, 8, 12, 19 and 22 and delivered to distribution centers intended for restaurants and institutions in Vermont and Plattsburgh, NY.


The problem was discovered through a joint epidemiological investigation by FSIS and the Vermont Department of Health. FSIS has received 10 confirmed reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.

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