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Wisconsin Raw Beef Recalled

Glenn’s Market and Catering, a Watertown, WI establishment, is recalling approximately 2,532 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:  Various size packages of Glenn’s Market ground round, ground chuck and ground beef sold between Dec. 22, 2012 and Jan. 4, 2013.

The products subject to recall were sold only at Glenn’s Market and Catering in Watertown, WI from the retail meat case.

FSIS was notified of an investigation of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses by the Wisconsin Division of Public Health on Jan. 10, 2013.  Three case-patients with the outbreak strain have been identified in the state with illness onset dates ranging from Dec. 29, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013.  Among the three case-patients with available information, all three reported consuming raw ground round; two consumed product ground and purchased on Dec. 24, 2012; the third consumed product ground and purchased on Dec. 30, 2012 prior to illness onset.

FSIS is continuing to work with the Watertown Department of Public Health, the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on this investigation.

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  • johnmunsell

    As is typically the case (not always), the grinder involved with this recall (Glenn’s Market & Catering) does NO slaughter, but purchases all its meat from outside source slaughter providers.  In all likelihood, Glenn’s innocently and legally purchased meat from a source slaughter provider which was already contaminated with invisible E.coli bacteria.  Candidly, the only way Glenn’s could have made it safe to consume would be if they had fully cooked it, which would have killed the invisible bugs.  But, when we purchase ground beef at a retail meat market, we want it raw, and we cook it ourselves.

    Hopefully, Glenn’s maintained a grinding log.  But even if it did, and possesses evidence of the one bad source of meat, chances are USDA will do nothing at the noncompliant source slaughter plant.

    Much easier for USDA to target a small, independent meat market for eggregious enforcement actions, and enjoy the PR benefits which follow.

    Get used to it.

    John Munsell