Jac Pac Foods announced today that it has commenced a voluntary recall of approximately 210,000 pounds of ground meat produced on June 9, 2000 at its Manchester, NH plant. A product sample analyzed in distribution by the USDA was found to contain E. coli O157:H7.

It should be stressed there is no danger to consumers as long as this, or any other ground beef product, is properly handled and cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

Only 15,760 pounds are known to be affected by the bacteria. However, to ensure the safety of our consumers, Jac Pac is recalling the entire day's production of approximately 210,000 pounds.

The Jac Pac ground products being recalled were sold to retail and foodservice outlets. Foodservice products were sold in 10 and 36 pound boxes with a pack date of 0161 or expiration Oct. 09 00. The retail products were one-pound packages of fresh four-to-the-pound ground beef patties and one-pound bulk ground beef packages sold through Stop & Shop, Trader Joe's and Shoplink.com. Affected product carries manufacturing date codes, as follows:
  • Stop & Shop product carries a five-digit date code beginning with 161 located on the front of the package.

  • Trader Joe's carries a "Sell by" date of 061900 located on the front of the package.

  • Shoplink.com labels indicate "Fresh made" with a five-digit date code beginning with 161.
All product is marked with "Est. 785" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Only ground products produced on June 9, 2000 are involved in this recall. No other Jac Pac products are affected.

The affected product is no longer available in the retail stores. Consumers need only to check their freezers. Consumers who purchased and then froze ground meat with these product codes and product manufacturing date codes should return it to the retail outlet from which it was purchased.

Product was distributed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Iowa, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maine, Indiana, Illinois, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont and Bermuda.

The company is cooperating fully with the USDA and federal, state and local health authorities.

E. coli O157:H7 is an organism that can cause serious illness in small children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, and can be destroyed when foods are thoroughly cooked. For further information on safe food handling, visit the Fight Bac! Website at www.fightbac.org.

Please contact Jac Pac at 1-800-417-1241 with any questions. In addition, please check our web site for additional product information (www.jacpac.com/info.html).