Massive Beef Recall

A federal health official says two deaths and 26 other illnesses may be linked to ground beef recalled by a New York meat company because it might have been contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

Lola Scott Russell, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says one of the deaths involved a New York adult with several underlying health conditions. The other is a death previously reported by New Hampshire officials. She says all but three of the suspected infections are in the northeastern U.S. and 18 are in New England. The CDC is investigating all the cases.

Ashville, N.Y.-based Fairbank Farms recalled almost 546,000 pounds of ground beef distributed in September to stores in Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

To read more about the specific labels recalled, click here.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2009 at 08:13 PM
    The biggest help here would be to by meats and veggies from local producers. Seriously. If ANYTHING is dirty in say, Riverside meats in Trenton, or the LaGrange Butcher shop and the inspector walks in, they're fined out of business. To a large company it's a drop in the bucket. Buy your veggies at the local market when possible and you ensure they're clean and well cooked yourself. And you support local business and the local economy.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 3, 2009 at 03:21 PM
    LOL Um.. yeah I've known healthy looking vegetarians but they arent vegan... and they have to work very hard at it. The human animal is an omnivore - look at the teeth. I personally only think it's a good idea if there is an individual health reason necessitating that change, but it can be done. Anon 3:35pm, yes absolutely.. and not just spinach, tomatoes, peanuts... E. Coli and Salmonella both can show up in/on a variety of foods. I can remember it happening with strawberries too. The only real answer is buy, prepare, & eat as healthy as you can, take steps for a clean kitchen, say a blessing over your food, and realize that life itself carries risks.
  • by Quitting beef on Nov 3, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    Man-I have had enough of the farmers being allowed to do all of these sick things that lead to others being killed. No more beef for me. I guess I'll be joining the Pitt Co vegetarian group now. I just read the Omnivore's Dilemma and am disgusted by US farm policies.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2009 at 12:35 PM
    Vegatarians, remember the spinach, tomato and peanut problems not long ago. Don't think anything mass grown/distributed is safe. Also, when's the last time anyone saw a healthy looking vegetarian or vegan? I know a few that look to be fickle and ill. You need protien people.
  • by wannabeavegan Location: gville on Nov 3, 2009 at 11:37 AM
    I am seriously thinking of becoming a vegetarian! I'm so tired of worrying about things like this and what I am feeding myself and my family. "Veg guy," any suggestions on how to start changing my menu's, tastefully and affordably?
  • by Eater on Nov 3, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    Thanks for telling us now after I might have already eaten the beef. When I buy beef, it is to be cooked within a few days - I do not freeze it. Too late now!!!!!!!!!!
  • by J Location: Winterville on Nov 3, 2009 at 07:35 AM
    This is why I love buying my meat from a local farmer. They don't use hormones/antibiotics and they take pride in their product. I get mine from Nooherooka, although there are other great ones in the area too.
  • by KR3 Location: Grifton on Nov 3, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    Received this e-mail this morning: Fairbank Farms notified Food Lion LLC today that our company received a portion of fresh ground beef products that are part of Fairbank Farms' national product recall. The recall is isolated to 93/7 ground beef purchased at Food Lion stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. In an abundance of caution, any customer who purchased 93/7 ground beef at Food Lion with the sell by date of Sept. 21 through Oct. 8 should return the meat to the store for a full refund. The company is removing any affected product from store shelves immediately.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 3, 2009 at 06:53 AM
    I have to agree Veg Guy, that practices around how livestock are fed in many cases is about as brainless a thing as our society has ever come up with... which includes hormones & antibiotics. Thats why I cant eat most eggs on the market - they make me feel sick very quickly. Im no vegetarian by any means but I look for meat & other products that are free of as much alteration as I can find & afford. I always have to wonder tho how it is SO many people get sick from things like E. Coli when safe handling & thorough cooking of risky products like *ground beef* will eliminate the potential of getting sick. I shudder when I see people handle raw meat and then walk around a kitchen opening the fridge, picking up utensils, touching pan handles, leaning on counters, even nibbling on food from their bare hand that is contaminated. ARGH! Wash your hands! Incidentally, poultry has the most pathogens of all. If people would learn precautions & be clean, this might not happen so often.
  • by Veg Guy on Nov 3, 2009 at 05:54 AM
    As long as we continue to allow cows to be force fed corn and the dead meat of other cows and animals, we'll continue to make ourselves sick and pollute the world. The insanity has to stop.
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