The CDC has announced that at least twenty-one people in eight states are on record as having fallen ill in the latest E. coli scare after having consumed hamburger meat tainted with E. coli bacteria.
According to reports, CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell said three cases – two in New York and one in Florida – are confirmed as being linked to the ground beef, with the other 18 cases possibly linked to the recall. The boxes recalled carry the number “Est. 9748” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were produced on June 22, July 12 or July 23.
The purveyor of the tainted product is New Jersey-based Topps Meat Company, the largest supplier of frozen patties in the United States. The company recalled this week over 330,000 lbs of frozen beef patties as a result of the E. coli outbreak.
The line of products recalled by Topps Meat Company includes 10-lb boxes of Butchers Best All-Beef patties, Kohler Foods burgers, 10-lb boxes of Sand Castle Fine Meat, 2-lb boxes of Topps 100% Ground Beef Hamburgers, and 3-lb boxes of Topps 100% Ground Beef Hamburgers. The boxes recalled carry the number “Est. 9748” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were produced on June 22, July 12 or July 23.
Topps meat products are distributed in Wal-Mart stores across the country.
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