Topps Meat Co. goes out of business

by Bryan Salvage
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ELIZABETH, N.J. ― Topps Meat Company L.L.C. announced today that because of the economic impact of the recall involving more than 21.7 million lbs of the company’s products, it has been forced to close its Elizabeth plant and go out of business.

"This is tragic for all concerned," said Anthony D’Urso, chief operating officer. "In one week we have gone from the largest U.S. manufacturer of frozen hamburgers to a company that cannot overcome the economic reality of a recall this large. We sincerely regret the impact this will have on our employees, our customers and suppliers, and the community. Most of all, we regret that our products have been linked by public health agencies to recently reported illnesses. We hope and pray for the full recovery of those individuals."

A small number of the company’s employees will remain at the Elizabeth plant for an indefinite time to assist the U.S. Department of Agriculture in its ongoing investigation and to handle administrative matters.

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