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On October 24, 2007, Blue Ribbon Meats recalled approximately 8,200 pounds of frozen hamburger patties and meatloaf due to possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7. The recalled frozen hamburgers were sent to sent to a distributor intended for a correctional institution in Florida and to a distributor intended for a subsequent distributor in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Each case or box bears the establishment number “Est. 451A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each case or box bears a date code of “2577,” “2647,” or “2707.” Each case or box bears an “ingredients” statement that includes “textured vegetable protein” or “defatted soy grits.”
The frozen beef products were produced between Sept. 14 and Sept. 27, 2007, and were sent to a distributor intended for a correctional institution in Florida and to a distributor intended for a subsequent distributor in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The problem was discovered by Creekstone Farm (Est. 27), an Arkansas City, Kan., establishment that supplies the recalling company and inadvertently shipped product that they had on hold. [This means that frozen hamburgers that had tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 were still shipped to distributors.] FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.