Topps Meat Co. expands ground beef recall

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ELIZABETH, N.J. ― Topps Meat Company L.L.C. has expanded its recall, initially announced on Sept. 25, to include 21.7 million lbs of ground beef that may be contaminated with the pathogen E. coli O157:H7.

The recall represents all products produced by the company with a sell by that falls between Sept. 25, 2007, and Sept. 25, 2008.

"Because the health and safety of our consumers is our top priority, we are taking these expansive measures," said Geoffrey Livermore, vice-president of operations for the meat processor. "Topps is continuing to work with the U.S.D.A., state departments of health, retailers and distributors to ensure the safety of our consumers. Additionally, we have augmented our internal quality control procedures with microbiologists and food-safety experts. We sincerely regret any inconvenience and concerns this may cause our consumers."

The problem was discovered through sampling done by the New York State Department of Health as part of their coordinated investigation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into reported illnesses. This is the first product recall in the 65-year history of Topps.

Products affected by this expanded recall were distributed to retail grocery stores and food service customers nationwide.

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