According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, a Newark, New Jersey company is recalling 3,586 pounds of beef cuts due to the fact that they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
G & M Co. Beef Tests Positive for E. coli O157:H7
On June 14th, G & M Co. received a confirmed positive test result for E. coli O157:H7. After the issue was identified, FSIS Inspection Program Personnel (IPP) conducted trace-back and trace-forward activities.
FSIS identified beef cuts and trimmings produced by G & M Co. and shipped to retail locations in New Jersey and New York as the source of the positive test.
The company, along with FSIS, has expressed concern that some consumers who purchased the product may have frozen and stored the meat in their freezer for future use.
Although the contamination has been confirmed, there have been no reports of illness caused by the beef to date.
Identifying Contaminated Beef Cuts and Trimmings
The 3,586 pounds of recalled beef were distributed in the form of bulk beef cuts and trimming items, and were produced on June 8th, 9th and 10th of this year.
The beef cuts were distributed in boxes of various sizes (ranging from 30 to 195 pounds). The only marking on the product in the boxes – plastic-wrapped bulk beef cuts and trimmings – is the plant identifier “M5476,” the unique number assigned to the plant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Implicated items were shipped to New York and New Jersey.
FSIS urges customers who purchased any of the affected product not to consume any of the meat, but instead to throw it away or return it to the place that it was purchased.