Beef recall affecting more states

Ground beef sold by 4 major chains recalled due to E.coli concerns
November 2, 2009

Late last night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the recalled meat has now been traced to at least 12 states. New additions to the list include Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Vermont, and California.

Officials gave breakdown of the states where people are believed to have been sickened. They include 2 cases in Pennsylvania, and 1 in New Jersey.

Nearly half of those sickened are under the age of 18.

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Also, ground beef packaged under the Fairbank Farms name was distributed to stores in Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. That meat was likely repackaged for sale and would likely have differing package and sell-by dates.

Supermarket officials say even though the meat is no longer being sold in stores, there are likely to be thousands of pounds in freezers across the country.

Acme says the meat recall includes all fresh ground beef items sold at its stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware between 9/16/09 and 10/6/09. Recalled products include all brands of ground beef including Wild Harvest, Lancaster Brand and store-made ground beef products including meatballs, meatloaf, Salisbury steak and stuffed peppers.

Located in the southwestern corner of New York a few miles from the Pennsylvania line, Fairbank Farms has had two other voluntary recalls over the last two years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

In September 2007, the company recalled 884 pounds of ground beef products because they may have been contaminated with E. coli, the agency said. And in May 2008, it recalled 22,481 pounds of ground beef products that may have contained pieces of plastic.

Symptoms of E. coli include stomach cramps that may be severe and diarrhea that may turn bloody within one to three days. E. coli can sometimes lead to complications including kidney failure.

Symptoms usually show up three to four days after a person eats contaminated food, although in some cases it can be as long as eight days. Officials said anyone having symptoms should immediately contact a doctor.

The recalled products include:

ACME

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

Wild Harvest Natural Angus Ground Beef 85/15

Lancaster Brand Extra Lean Ground Beef 96/04

Lancaster Brand Ground Beef 90/10

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

Lean Ground Beef 93/07,

Meatloaf and Meatball Mix

Giant Food Stores

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

Giant Meatloaf & Meatball Mix

Giant Nature's Promise Ground Beef

Giant Nature's Promise Ground Beef Patties

Giant Extra Lean Ground Beef 96/04

Trader Joe's

Brick packs (Sell-by dates 10/06/09 or 10/07/09)

Trader Joe's Butcher Shop Fine Quality Meats Ground Beef 85/15

Trader Joe's Butcher Shop Fine Quality Meats Ground Beef 80/20

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

Trader Joe's Butcher Shop Fine Quality Meats Ground Beef 96/4 Extra Lean

For more information, you can call the company's hotline - 1-877-546-0122 - from 8AM to 5PM, Eastern Standard Time, or log onto www.fairbankfarms.com..

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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