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.
The following products are subject to recall:
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 www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
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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