On Sept. 26th, I reported the food recall by Topps Meat Company. At the time, Topps was recalling over 300,000 pounds of beef patties tainted with the deadly e-coli bacteria. Three days later, Topps Meat Company recalled an additional 21.7 million pounds and have now closed their doors for business.
Topps Meat Company recall includes all Topps hamburger products with either a "sell by date" or a "best if used by date" between Sept. 25, 2007 and Sept. 25, 2008. All recalled products also have the USDA establishment number EST 9748, which is on the back panel of the package or in the USDA legend. A full list of the recalled products is available at www.ToppsMeat.com.
On October 7th, Sam's Club recalled hamburgers manufactured by Cargill and sold under the brand name "American Chef's Selection Angus Beef." Cargill Meat Solutions said it is voluntarily recalling approximately 844,812 pounds of frozen ground beef patties because they may be contaminated with E. coli. A full list of recalled Cargill products is available at www.Cargill.com.
You can protect yourself from encountering e-coli in ground beef by cooking the meat to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don't already have a meat thermometer, it's a good idea to invest in one. You can purchase a meat thermometer for less than $20. It's well worth the investment.