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Frozen Hamburger Recall Expanded

One Great Burger of Elizabeth, NJ, is expanding its Jan. 10, 2011 recall to include an undetermined amount of additional ground beef products that may have become spoiled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday. 

The frozen hamburger patties subject to the recall are considered adulterated because the establishment’s food safety plan was inadequate to produce safe product, the FSIS said in a news release.

In a continued investigation of the recall, FSIS said it became aware of additional consumer complaints of discoloration and off-odors in the products and determined that this ground beef is also adulterated and should not be consumed.

There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the products.

 

The products additionally subject to recall are 4 lbs. boxes of “Winn Dixie beef patty 100% BEEF.” Each box contains 16 frozen patties weighing ΒΌ lb. each.

Each box bears establishment number “EST. 34575” within the USDA mark of inspection. The products have “sell by” dates of “01/01/11” through “02/27/11” printed on the bottom of each box, followed by the lot code “204110.”  Similar products with later “sell by” dates are not subject to the recall.

The products were produced between April 2010 and May 2010 and were distributed to grocery stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. While the products listed above have been unavailable for purchase since May 2010, consumers who may have purchased them are urged to remove them from their freezers and discard them. 

One Great Burger is recalling an additional 21,400 pounds of the following product, which was listed in the Jan. 10, 2011 release: 20 lbs. boxes of “ONE GREAT HAMBURGERS” with “ITEM #02044” labeled on the front as well as “KEEP FROZEN.”

Each box bears establishment number “EST. 34575” within the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced between Jan. 2010 and May 2010 and contain “PACKED ON” dates ranging from July 2010 to Nov. 2010. The products were distributed to institutions nationwide. 

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact One Great Burger’s Director of Technical Services, John Haug, at 973-477-9039. Those inquiring about purchases of Winn Dixie products should contact Hunter Robinson at 904-783-5153. 

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  • Doc Mudd

    “In a continued investigation of the recall, FSIS said it became aware of additional consumer complaints of discoloration and off-odors in the products and determined that this ground beef is also adulterated and should not be consumed.”
    This small producer (<$500,000) has been big-time busy repacking & redistributing returned out-of-date product!
    Interesting method of product development to meet customer preferences; ship increasingly shoddy and unsafe product until customer complaints finally attract the attention of USDA. That’s when you will know you have the product mix set at its most profitable point – when you have finally attained ‘secret recipe’ perfection!
    If One Great Burger would stick to selling in-state or within 275 miles of Elizabeth, NJ maybe they could exempt out under Tester and tell the USDA to take a flying leap. After all, they have profits to earn and customers to burn. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

  • Ann Quinn, consumer

    My heavens, Doc, if you prohibit this profit being
    made on consumer families causing consumer illness
    or worse, the product will go directly into pet food,
    causing pet illness and death.
    Just another example of why the food industry, people
    and pet, needs more federal government inspections and
    food safety inspectors under the new food safety law
    to protect consumer famiies in the grocery store.