McNees Meats and Wholesale LLC., North Branch, Mich., is expanding its recall to include approximately 2,200 lbs of ground beef product that may be contaminated with E. coli O157. The products subject to recall include:
- 1- and 10-lb clear packages of "McNees Ground Beef Bulk."
- 1 to1.5-lb, approximate weight clear plastic bags of "McNees Ground beef patties."
- 1-lb packages of "McNees Ground Round."
- 1- and 2-lb packages of "McNees Ground Beef Bulk" sold in red and white plastic bags.
Each clear plastic bag and retail package bears the establishment number "EST. 33971" within the USDA mark of inspection. The products subject to recall were produced on July 7, July 15, July 21, July 28, and Aug. 4, 2011, and sold to retail establishments and restaurants in Armada, Lapeer, and North Branch, Mich. The products were also sold directly to consumers from a retail establishment owned by McNees Meats and Wholesale LLC.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) was notified of an investigation of E. coli O157: NM illnesses on Aug. 4, 2011. Working in conjunction with the Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), five confirmed case-patients in Michigan have been identified with illness onset dates of July 18–25. As a result of the epidemiologic investigation, investigators determined there is a link between the ground beef products produced on July 15 and July 21 and the illnesses in Michigan. FSIS is continuing to work with the Michigan state public health and regulatory partners on the investigation.