Hamburger Recalled For E. Coli After 6 Illnesses Reported In New York

6 people have fallen ill due to e. coli contaminated frozen hamburger, according to the Associated Press. Three of the illnesses required hospitalization.

The meat in question comes from frozen hamburgers distributed by Elizabeth, N.J.-based Topps Meat Co.. The recall affects 331,582 pounds of frozen beef patties that were distributed nationwide. All packages carried the number “Est. 9748″ inside the USDA mark of inspection, and were produced on June 22, July 12 or July 23, the USDA said.

Here’s a complete list of the recalled meat, compliments of your USDA:

  • 10-pound boxes of “BUTCHER’S BEST 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES 75/25, 6 OZ. FLAT, 27 PIECES.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”
  • 10-pound boxes of “BUTCHER’S BEST 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES 75/25, 4 OZ. (4-1), 40 PIECES.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”
  • 10-pound boxes of “KOHLER FOODS 4 OZ. FLAT HAMBURGER, CODE: 60100, 40 PCS.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”
  • 10-pound boxes of “KOHLER FOODS 6 OZ. FLAT HAMBURGER, CODE: 60200, 27 PCS.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”
  • 10-pound boxes of “KOHLER FOODS 8 OZ. FLAT HAMBURGER, CODE: 60300, 20 PCS.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”
  • 10-pound boxes of “SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT, 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGERS 80/20, 8 OZ. FLAT, 20 COUNT.” Each box bears a packed-on date of “JUN 22 07.”
  • 10-pound boxes of “SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT, 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGERS 85/15, 6 OZ. FLAT, 27 COUNT.” Each box bears a packed-on date of “JUN 22 07.”
  • 2-pound boxes of “Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 8 Quarter Pounders.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 12 08.”
  • 2-pound boxes of “Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 3 OZ., 10 COUNT.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 12 08.”
  • 3-pound boxes of “Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 6 OZ. PUB Burgers.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08.”
  • 3-pound boxes of “Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 12 Quarter Pounders.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08,” “JUL 12 08″ or “JUL 23 08.”
  • 3-pound boxes of “Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 16 Hamburgers.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”
  • 5-pound boxes of “Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 20 Quarter Pounders.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08,” “JUL 12 08″ or “JUL 23 08.”
  • 8-pound boxes of “Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 32 Quarter Pounders.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08.”
  • 10-pound boxes of “Topps 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGERS 5 OZ. (1/2″).” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08.”
  • 10-pound boxes of “Topps HAMBURGERS, 3.2 OZ, 50 COUNT.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 12 08.”
  • 10-pound boxes of “Topps 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGERS, 8 OZ. (Pub Burger).” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”
  • 10-pound boxes of “Topps 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGERS, 4 OZ. (4-1) Homestyle.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”
  • 10-pound boxes of “WESTSIDE, 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 8 OZ FLAT, 20 COUNT.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08.”
  • 10-pound boxes of “WESTSIDE, 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 6 OZ FLAT, 27 COUNT.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08.”
  • 10-pound boxes of “WESTSIDE, 100% PREMIUM HAMBURGER, 5 OZ FLAT, 32 COUNT.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08.”

Customers who have questions should contact Topps’ Vice President of Finance and Administration Jeffrey Rohach at (908) 351-0500 ext. 50. E. coli symptoms can be found here, and usually include stomach cramping and bloody diarrhea.

New Jersey Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products For Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination [USDA]
Topps Meat Co. Recalls Hamburgers [AP]

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  1. lo_fro says:

    I believe the answer here is: don’t eat meat.

  2. catcherintheeye says:

    Since when does a baseball card company make hamburgers? Kids didn’t want hard tooth-breaking sticks of gum anymore, so they slapped hamburger patties inside instead?

  3. mupethifi says:

    Anyone ever look at the nutritional values on any prepackaged hamburgers. Were talkin’ 80% or MORE fat intake per burger. Those shouldn’t even been on the shelves

  4. I’m still waiting to hear about a recall for beef sold in Kroger. I swear the last package of ground beef I bought from them wasn’t really beef.

  5. Xerloq says:

    @catcherintheeye: These “hamburgers” are made from the 62-year-old gum shavings from the baseball card packs. The ecoli came from the factory floor.

    @lo_fro: The answer is don’t eat meat bade by a baseball card co.

  6. freshyill says:

    @lo_fro: Because nobody died from Hepatitis that they caught from the green onions at Chi-Chi’s a couple years ago.

  7. extracrispy says:

    @lo_fro: Right, because there are no health risks from salad.

    [consumerist.com]

  8. bcostin says:

    Lo-Fro, why stop with meat? Better not eat lettuce, mushrooms, tofu, or spinach either. They’ve all had food poisoning contamination scares in the past year or so. Better stick with the vitamin pills and boiled water.

  9. mopar_man says:

    I’ll stick with the beef I buy from the local supermarket that’s ground fresh everyday. I’ve never had a problem with that and it tastes better than anything frozen.

  10. Megatenist says:

    @catcherintheeye:

    See,ever since videos games became popular again in the early 90’s,baseball card sales have been at an all-time low.Thus,some baseball card companies have had to branch out in other markets to make ends meet.Topps now sells meat,and I think Fleer makes condoms now:P

  11. Better stick with the vitamin pills and boiled water.

    @bcostin: Didn’t a report come out a while back saying that the Vitamen A in multivitamens was actually bad for you?

  12. catcherintheeye says:

    @Megatenist: Haha, Fleer brand condoms. Do you think they come with limited edition condom inserts?

  13. catcherintheeye says:

    @Megatenist: Or how about game used condoms?

  14. Megatenist says:

    @catcherintheeye:

    Yup.I have the “All-Star MVP’s of ’07” collection:)

  15. spinachdip says:

    @mupethifi: Seriously. I don’t want to go victim blamin’ here, but I’m honestly curious as to what kind of person buys prepackaged hamburgers? I’m just not seeing the benefit, besides saving like 3 minutes it takes to pack the meat (and it’s not like pre-packaged burgers don’t fall apart on the grill anyway).

    I mean, the grocery store ground meat isn’t the healthiest meat in the world, but:
    a) It’s cheaper
    b) It’s ground on site, within the last 48 hours
    c) You control the leanness

    Seriously, what’s the product benefit?

  16. DarthSensei says:

    Most of this stuff was sold well over 2 months ago and they’re just now recalling it?

  17. Consumerista says:

    I have read that the way huge slaughterhouses produce ground beef means that the average hamburger can contain flesh from up to 50 cows. Apart from the obvious choice of becoming a vegetarian, one way to reduce e.coli risk is to ask the butcher to grind the beef while you wait. This is pretty common in Europe, you just point to the chunk of beef you want, and they grind it in front of you. Packaged ground beef is just too risky, you have no idea where it comes from, what’s in it or who prepared it. At least if you have your local butcher grind it you know what you’re buying, and it’s less likely to have been sprayed with feces as underpaid, under-trained workers try to get their hourly quota done faster in a massive slaughterhouse clear across the country.