Heads Up, Westchester: Ground Beef Recall Includes New York

Hudson Valley shoppers should double check their refrigerators after a ground beef recall that is impacting stores in New York and Pennsylvania.

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Ground beef Photo Credit: Rainer Zenz via Wikipedia

Clair D. Thompson & Sons, Inc. a Jersey Shore, Pa. establishment is recalling approximately 700 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated by E. coli.

According to the company, the ground beef items were produced and packaged on Sept. 27, Sept. 28 and Oct. 2 of this year. The products include five and 10-pound plastic bags of “Thompson’s Ground Beef.”

Officials said that the problem was discovered earlier this week, when the firm notified the Food Safety and Inspection Service that a sample of ground beef had tested positive for E. coli by a third-party lab.

There have been no confirmed reports of any E. coli outbreak or anyone suffering an adverse reaction from any of the products.

According to FSIS, “E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.”

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