A Greene, Maine establishment is now recalling more than 2,000 pounds of ground and tenderized beef products because they may be tainted with E. coli 0157:H7, a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen. The products subject to recall were produced between April 4 and April 10, 2012, and were distributed to retail establishments in Maine. Signs and symptoms of E. coli food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea that is often bloody.
Free Town and Country Foods Hamburg Patty / Beef Sirloin Filet Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with E. coli food poisoning after eating Town and Country Hamburg Patties or Beef Sirloin Filets, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit against Town and Country Foods Inc. and we can help.
What’s the problem?
April 11, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a press release today announcing that Town and Country Foods Inc. is currently recalling the following beef products because they have the potential to be contaminated with E. coli bacteria:
- 5- and 10- lb. boxes of 2-, 2.6-, 3-, and 4- oz. “Town & Country Foods XL Hamburg Patties”
- 5- and 10- lb. boxes of 2-, 2.6-, 3-, and 4- oz. “Town & Country Foods Hamburg Patties”
- 10- lb. box containing variously weighted bags of “Town & Country Beef for Stewing”
- 6-, 8-, and 10- oz. “Town & Country Beef Sirloin Filets”
- 5- and 10- lb. boxes containing variously weighted bags of “Town and Country Hamburg”
- 5- and 10- lb. boxes containing variously weighted bags of “Town and Country XL Hamburg”
Each case bears the establishment number ‘EST. 9710’ inside the USDA mark of inspection. Additionally, these products contain the following packaging codes: 10952, 10962, 10972, 11002, and 11012.
The contamination was detected through company testing which confirmed the presence of E. coli 0157:H7. Town and Country Foods failed to hold product pending tests results, resulting in this recall. To date, there have been no illnesses reported in connection with this incident. Individuals concerned they may be suffering from E. coli food poisoning should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
E. Coli Food Poisoning
E. coli is a potentially lethal bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and even kidney failure. Children, senior citizens, and those with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to E. coli food poisoning. Signs and symptoms may include:
- the sudden onset of abdominal pain and severe cramping
- bowel necrosis (tissue death)
- hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)
- acute kidney failure
Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days after swallowing the organism, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe. Infection is typically diagnosed with a stool sample. Most people recover within a week, but some develop severe infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year at least 2,000 Americans are hospitalized, and about 60 die as a direct result of E. coli infection and its complications. A recent study estimated the annual cost of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses to be $405 million, which included $370 million for premature deaths, $30 million for medical care, and $5 million for lost productivity.
Need More Info?
Click on the links below if you’d like additional information on these topics from Schmidt & Clark, LLP:
Do You Have a Town and Country Foods Hamburg Patty / Beef Sirloin Filet Recall Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Town and Country Foods Hamburg Patty & Beef Sirloin Filet lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new E. coli food poisoning cases in all 50 states.
Free Town and Country Foods Hamburg Patty / Beef Sirloin Filet Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with E. coli food poisoning after consuming Town and Country Hamburg Patties or Beef Sirloin Filets, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an E. coli food poisoning suit and we can help.