There has been a massive meat recall in all areas from North Carolina to Maine. Over a half-million pounds of ground beef, issued Friday by Fairbank Farms of Ashville, N.Y., was recalled after concerns that the meat may have been tainted with a harmful strain of E. Coli.
Consumers are advised to look for packages with sell-by dates of Sept. 19 through Sept. 28. “Consumers who identify these products should return them to the point of purchase for a full refund,” said Ron Allen, Fairbank Farms CEO. Originally, the recall applied to eight states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Massachusetts and North Carolina. But because some of the food chains may have redistributed packages, Fairbank Farms has expanded the range to include all Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states.
The packages were sold under a variety of brand names, ranging from Acme Markets Lancaster Brand Ground Beef and Extra Lean Ground Beef to Giant Food Stores Meatloaf and Meatball Mix to Trader Joe’s Butcher Shop Fine Quality Meats Ground Beef. Consumers are also reminded that ground beef should always be cooked thoroughly to an internal temperature of 160 degrees or more to kill any bacteria mixed in by the grinding process.