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article imageConsumer Alert: Two companies recall beef due to E. coli O157:H7

By Karen Graham     Jul 27, 2016 in Food
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service has issued two notices of recalls of beef products from two separate companies Tuesday night. Both recalls involve possible contamination of the beef products with E. coli 0157:H7.
In the first Class 1 recall, Good Food Concepts, LLC, doing business as Ranch Foods Direct in Colorado Springs, Colorado is recalling approximately 2,606 pounds of non-intact beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The non-intact beef items were produced on June 6, 7, and 8, 2016. The products include various size packages of ground beef patties, one-pound bulk packages of ground beef, ground chuck and "chef's bundles" containing a variety of beef products.
Ranch Foods Direct of Colorado Springs  Colo.
Ranch Foods Direct of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Ranch Foods Direct/Facebook
For a complete list of the products, consumers can go to the FSIS web page.
The recalled products bear the establishment number “EST. 27316” inside the USDA mark of inspection and “PACKED ON” dates of June 6, 7, and 8, 2016. These items were shipped to wholesale and retail locations in Colorado.
The company and the FSIS are concerned that some consumers may have the recalled products in the home freezer. Do not consume these products. Either throw them away or return them to the retailer for a refund. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Dave Anderson, Manager, at (719) 574-0750 x 241.
According to 1999 directive published by the FSIS, "non-intact products include, among others, beef products that have been mechanically tenderized, injected by pumping, vacuum tumbled, or beef that has proteolytic enzymes applied."
This definition also applies to hamburger or ground beef. These non-intact beef products are more susceptible to contamination with E. coli 0157:H7 than intact beef products such as steaks, roasts or beef products marinated or tumbled without a vacuum.
Digital Journal looked the company up on the Internet. You can find it too, under Ranch Foods Direct. It has not placed a notice of the recall on its company website or Facebook page.
New Hampshire E. coli outbreak linked to PT Farm, LLC
An investigation into 14 cases of E. coli 0157:H7 illnesses in New Hampshire that date back to June 12, has prompted the second recall notice by the FSIS.
PT Farm, LLC, a North Haverhill, N.H. company is recalling about 8,800 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. This is also a Class 1 recall. The recalled products include various cuts of intact beef products and packages of non-intact beef products.
PT Farm is located in North Haverhill  New Hampshire.
PT Farm is located in North Haverhill, New Hampshire.
PT Farm/Facebook
The products are branded “Chestnut Farms,” “PT Farm," “Miles Smith Farm”," and “Robie Farm." All the products were packed in cardboard boxes with the establishment number “M8868” inside the USDA mark of inspection. For a complete list of the products, go to the FSIS web page.
The recalled products were produced between June 6 and June 16, 2016. The recalled products were shipped to various retail outlets and institutions in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Again, FSIS and the company are concerned that some of the recalled products may be in some consumers freezers. Do not consume these recalled products. Throw them out of return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Peter L. Roy, company owner, at (603) 787-9199.
PT Farm's web page and Facebook page also fail to mention the beef recall.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. While most people recover within a week, it can cause a deadly form of kidney failure, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). So please, check your freezers and if you have the recalled products, do not eat them.
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