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Steak sandwiches added to ground beef recall for E. coli

Friday, October 7, 2016 21:17
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A Pennsylvania company has expanded its E. coli-related beff recall 10-fold, adding steak sandwiches to ground beef patties and burgers recalled last week for the pathogen.

The exact volume and distribution of the more than 8,000 pounds of beef products from Silver Springs Farms Inc. of Harleysville, PA, is not clear, with some of it having been sent “to a distributor in Virginia and institutional food establishments in New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland” according to the recall notice.

“This release is being reissued as an expansion of the Sept. 30 (recall), to include additional product produced from and/or commingled with the source material implicated in the original recall,” according to the notice posted on the USDA’s Food Service and Inspection Service website.

“The original recall included 740 pounds of ground beef products. This expansion includes an additional 7,230 pounds of ground beef patties and burgers, and an undetermined amount of various sandwich steak products.”

Silver Springs Farms produced the ground beef products on Aug. 19 and 20. The exact production dates for the various sandwich steak products are unknown at this time, but are believed to have been produced between Aug. 19 and Sept. 19.

To view labels for all of the recalled products, click on the image.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 20-pound cases containing four packages of 5-pound ground beef 80/20;
  • 10-pound packages of “Camellia Beef Pattie 80/20,” with package codes 6235 and 6242;
  • 10-pound packages of “Silver Springs Farm Beef Pattie 80/20,” with package codes 6242 and 6237;
  • 10-pound packages of “Silver Springs Farm Beef Pattie 80/20 Flat,” with package code 6237;
  • 10-pound packages of “Silver Springs Farm Gourmet Beef Burger Flat,” with package code 6235;
  • 10-pound packages of “Silver Springs Farm Gourmet Beef Burger 80/20,” with package code 6237;
  • 10-pound packages of “Silver Springs Farm Gourmet Beef Pattie 80/20,” with package code 6242; and
  • various sandwich steak products produced by the recalling firm.

All of the recalled products from Silver Springs Farms Inc. have the establishment number “EST. 4771” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The E. coli O157:H7 was discovered during a routine verification sampling performed by Silver Springs Farms Inc. No confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions related to the recalled products had been filed as of the posting of the expanded recall on Friday evening.

“(The Food Safety and Inspection Service” and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers,” the recall notice states.

“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of E. coli infection should seek medical attention and inform their doctor of the possible exposure to E. coli O157:H7.

Symptoms include dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps and usually begin two to eight after exposure. 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.

When available, the retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Dan Fillippo, owner of Silver Springs Farms Inc., at 215-256-4321.

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