Beef Recall Affects 8 East Coast States

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Asheville, NY-based Fairbank Farms is recalling nearly 546,000 pounds of ground beef because of a suspected E. coli contamination. The recall affects Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The following supermarkets sold the beef, which may have had sell-by dates between September 19-28, according to the Associated Press:

-Trader Joe’s
-Shaw’s
-Giant Food Stores
-B.J.’s Wholesale
-ACME
-Ford Brothers
-Price Chopper

Good Morning America has more:

One person died and at least two people were sickened after eating ground beef in New Hampshire that was possibly contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

To identify recalled products, consumers should check the package label and look for the product name, package weight and sell-by date. All labels will show an establishment number of “EST 492” inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture mark of inspection.

Ron Allen, CEO of Fairbank Farms, said in a statement on its Web site: “We’re assisting our customers in conducting this recall, and continue to urge consumers to check their freezers for ground beef products that are listed in the recall. Consumers who identify these products should return them to the point of purchase for a full refund.”

The ultimate precaution: Just throw away any ground beef in your freezer.