Here we go again folks -- another food recall. This time it comes from Topps Meat Company who is voluntarily recalling more than 300,000 pounds of frozen hamburgers due to e-Coli contamination.
The recall affects mainly 10-pound boxes of frozen patties sold under the names:
Butcher's Best 100% All Beef Patties
Sand Castle Fine Meat
Additionally, some 2, 3, 5 and 8-pound boxes of frozen patties sold under the name of Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef Patties are being recalled.
Topps Meat Company frozen hamburger patties were distributed nationwide. According to the USDA, recalled patties include the number "Est. 9748" inside the USDA mark of inspection, and were produced on June 22, July 12 or July 23.
The United States Department of Agriculture issued the recall on Tuesday, September 25, 2007. If you have purchased frozen hamburger patties, review the USDA News Release to see if your product is listed.
Symptoms of e-Coli poisoning include diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, mild fever and anemia (reduced red blood cells in the blood). Typically, e-Coli poisoning affects children and the elderly more severely than adults. Symptoms usually disappear within a week, but in those with weakened immune systems or other health problems, e-Coli can cause kidney failure, long term disability and even death.