Federal food safety regulators have recalled 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products because of the products could possibly contaminated with E. coli. At least 11 illnesses across four states have been reported.
The recalled ground beef products have been tracked to Wolverine Packing Company, according to the recall issued on Monday, May 19. The recalled ground beef products were produced between March 31 and April 18. Wolverine Packing Co. shipped the products to distributors for restaurant use in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.
In addition to the 11 illnesses, the tainted beef has caused three hospitalizations. Executives for Wolverine Packing issued a statement through a public relations firm. In part, the company has said that none of the Wolverine Packing products have tested positive for the E. coli 0157:H7 pathogen, the decision was made to voluntarily recall the ground beef products in question.
The USDA has issued a list of the recalled beef products that Wolverine Packing Company, based out of Detroit, Mich., has voluntarily recalled. The products include several angus steak burgers, ground beef patties and ground chuck patties, in addition to bulk ground beef products. Consumers can find the full list on the USDA website.
The beef products covered by the recall bear the Wolverine Packing Company number “EST.2574B” and have a production date code in the format of “Packing Nos: MM DD 14 between 03 31 14 and 04 18 14.” Though the products were sold for restaurant and retail use, the Federal Safety and Inspection Service says that none of the products were distributed the Department of Defense, the National School Lunch Program or catalog/internet sales outlets.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall should call (800) 521-1390. Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the Federal Safety and Inspection Services virtual representative. “Ask Karen” is available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or by smartphone at m.askkaren.gov and the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed at the USDA FSIS website 24 hours per day.
The entire FSIS release regarding the recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products distributed by Wolverine Packing Company can be found on the USDA website. Media with questions regarding the recall should contact Chuck Sanger, Spokesperson, Wolverine Packing Company at (262) 583-5118.