Fairbank Farms is recalling about 545,699 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Saturday.
The products made by Fairbank Farms, based in Ashville, N.Y., were sold with the labels Trader Joe's, Price Chopper, Lancaster, Wild Harvest, Shaw's, BJ's, Ford Brothers and Giant retailers.
Each package bears the establishment number "EST. 492" inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the nutrition label. These products were packaged on September 15 and 16, 2009, and may have been labeled at the retail stores with a sell-by date from September 19 through 28, 2009. The products were sent to distribution centers, intended for further distribution to retail establishments in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
FSIS offers a complete list of recalled products on their Web site.
Illnesses and death
FSIS became aware of the problem while investigating a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses in Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts. Working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health and agriculture departments, FSIS determined that there is an association between the fresh ground beef products subject to recall and the illnesses.
A report from National Public Radio this morning says the CDC now attributes two deaths to the outbreak.