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Rochester Meat Company E. Coli

Yet another company has announced a recall of beef products. This time, the recall involves Rochester Meat Co. and was issued after the company received reports that six people fell ill after eating its ground beef patties. Approximately 188,000 pounds of ground beef patties and other products are affected by the recall.

Rochester meat ecoliOfficials are concerned that the products have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, which can cause serious illness including kidney failure. The recall is classified a Class I recall by the USDA, meaning that people who use the contaminated product face a risk of serious health consequences, including death.

Although consumers would not have purchased the recalled Rochester products in retail outlets, they may have consumed them in restaurants or other food service establishments. A link between Rochester Meat Co., and possible E. coli contamination was made during an investigation into five illnesses in Wisconsin and one illness in California.

E. coli contamination can be fatal to seniors, infants and children, and people with weakened immune systems. In some cases, it can cause acute kidney failure. Symptoms of E. coli contamination include bloody diarrhea, dehydration and stomach cramps. Those who think they may have eaten a product contaminated with E. coli, and experience symptoms of E. coli contamination, should seek medical attention.

All recalled products carry the establishment number "Est. 8999," which appears inside the USDA mark of inspection. According to the USDA, the recalled products, which were produced on October 30 and November 6, 2007, are:
  • 10-pound boxes of "SEASONED BEEF BULK" bearing a product number of "09068," as well as an eight-digit lot number beginning with "730314."

  • 10-pound boxes of "100% PURE BEEF PATTIES" bearing a product number of "09071," as well as an eight-digit lot number beginning with "731013."

  • 15-pound boxes of "CHEYENNE SEASONED BEEF PATTIES" bearing a product number of "12017" or "12018," as well as an eight-digit lot number beginning with "730314."

  • 10-, 15- and 20-pound boxes of "100% PURE GROUND BEEF PATTIES" bearing a product number of "1340," "127533," "135724," "158843" or "158852," as well as an eight-digit lot number beginning with "731013" or "731014."

  • 10-pound boxes of "100% PURE GROUND CHUCK BEEF PATTIES" bearing a product number of "158898," as well as an eight-digit lot number beginning with "731014."

  • 10-, 15- and 25-pound boxes of "100% PURE GROUND BEEF CHUCK PATTIES" bearing a product number of "85227," "227806," "407823," "407830," "407840," "417841" or "437531," as well as an eight-digit lot number beginning with "730314," "731013," or "731014."

  • 10-pound boxes of "OUR HOMESTYLE 100% PURE GROUND BEEF PATTIES" bearing a product number of "208033," as well as an eight-digit lot number beginning with "731014."

  • 15-pound boxes of "SEASONED BEEF PATTIES" bearing a product number of "357835," as well as an eight-digit lot number beginning with "730314."

  • 15- and 15.3-pound boxes of "USDA CHOICE OR HIGHER 100% PURE GROUND BEEF PATTIES" bearing a product number of "437507" or "437521," as well as an eight-digit lot number beginning with "730314," "731013," or "731014."

  • 15-pound boxes of "USDA CHOICE OR HIGHER GROUND BEEF CHUCK PATTIES" bearing a product number of "437822," as well as an eight-digit lot number beginning with "731014."

Rochester Meat Company Articles

The Rochester Meat Recall: Were They Listening?
Most will recallÓpardon the punÓthat the news media last fall was inundated with coverage of what was then the largest meat recall in some time. The massive Topps beef recall, which totaled 21.7 million pounds of product, eventually scuttled operations at the Topps meat processing plant and forced the company to close. The company's hard assets and trademarksÓincluding several thousand pounds of potentially tainted beef still in storageÓwere auctioned off early in the New Year.

Rochester Meat Recall: USDA under Fire for Inspection Failures
This January's Rochester Meat recall of 188,000 pounds of E. coli-tainted ground beef has been dwarfed by the huge Westland/Hallmark recall of 143 million pounds, nearly two years' production. Nonetheless, the Rochester Meat recall highlights the same institutional failures at the federal Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) as the larger one. We are probably more likely to see repeats of the Rochester Meat incident in the future.

Rochester Meat Recall: Interview with E. Coli Wars Veteran
Bill Marler is the managing partner of Marler Clark LLP, a Seattle law firm specializing in food safety law. He has been in the thick of food safety litigation since the 1993 Jack in the Box incident--when E. coli contaminated hamburgers sold by the restaurant chain sickened hundreds and cost the lives of four children. More recently, Marler and his firm have been closely involved in the Topps Meat and Rochester Meat beef recalls.

Rochester Meat Recall: Meat Producers Will Pay, But Is It Enough?
Rochester Meat Recall: Could Things Get Worse?
Rochester Meat Recall: Tainted Beef Slips through USDA Loopholes
Rochester Meat Recall: Where's the Beef?
In the wake of the Rochester Meat recall, things have been quietÓas they say in the westerns, "Yeah, too quiet." Minnesota-based Rochester Meat Company announced the voluntary recall of 188,000 pounds of ground beef suspected of E. coli contamination after six people fell ill in Wisconsin and California.

Rochester Meat Recall: California Officials Seek to Contact Purchasers


Rochester Meat Company E. Coli in the News

JAN-14-08: Rochester Meat Company has recalled 188,000 pounds of beef product that may be contaminated with E. coli. Some illnesses have been reported in connection to the company's meat products. [UNION-TRIBUNE: ROCHESTER MEAT]

JAN-14-08: At least five people in Wisconsin and one in California fell ill after eating meat from the Rochester Meat Company, prompting a nationwide recall of its products. [NBC: ROCHESTER MEATS]


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LEGAL ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS

Rochester Meat Recall: Why the Secrecy?
March 12, 2008
Washington, DC It seems that at least a few facts are finally on the table about January's Rochester Meat recall of 188,000 pounds of e. coli contaminated ground beef that was sold to restaurant chains and institutional food services. By "a few facts," we mean very few READ MORE

Rochester Meat Recall: USDA under Fire for Inspection Failures
March 5, 2008
Washington, DC This January's Rochester Meat recall of 188,000 pounds of E. coli-tainted ground beef has been dwarfed by the huge Westland/Hallmark recall of 143 million pounds, nearly two years' production. Nonetheless, the Rochester Meat recall highlights the same institutional failures at the federal Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) as the larger one. We are probably more likely to see repeats of the Rochester Meat incident in the future READ MORE

Rochester Meat Recall: E. Coli Vaccine Approval is only One Step in the Right Direction
Rochester Meat Recall: E. Coli Vaccine Approval is only One Step in the Right Direction
February 27, 2008
Belleville, ON Consumers may finally receive some better protection against E. coli related illness following the conditional approval of an E. coli vaccine for cattle developed and produced by Belleville-based Bioniche Life Sciences. E. coli O157:H7 contamination in ground beef produced by Rochester Meat of Rochester, MN was responsible for six known cases of food-borne illness in Wisconsin and California earlier this year READ MORE

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