Commissaries carried recalled beef; no reports of infection yet
October 7, 2007
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Four commissaries in South Korea carried hamburger patties recalled due to potentially deadly E. coli contamination, but no one has been reported sick, U.S. Forces Korea officials said Friday.
Camp Casey, Yongsan Garrison, Hannam Village and Camp Humphreys all carried three-pound boxes of frozen Topps Beef Patties, USFK and 18th Medical command officials said.
The Topps Meat Co. has recalled more than 21 million pounds of meat since Sept. 25 after state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first detected E. coli in Topps products.
Of the dozens of different types of products removed from shelves across the country, four were sold at commissaries worldwide.
However, the three-pound boxes of beef patties were the only recalled item sold in South Korea stores.
“Veterinary Food Inspectors and (commissary) personnel were rapidly notified by the U.S. Army Veterinary Command of these potentially contaminated food items and responded immediately to remove them from commissary freezers,” an 18th Medical Command press release noted.
The three-pound boxes were not part of the original Sept. 25 recall.
They were added days later when Topps recalled nearly all of its meat products in the U.S.
Topps ground beef also is sold in the U.S. under the Mike’s, Sam’s Choice, Pathmark and Shoprite brand names.
The E. coli O157:H7 intestinal bacteria that was found in Topps beef causes abdominal pain, cramping, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Severe cases can lead to kidney failure and death, health officials said last week.
Health officials are investigating 25 illnesses throughout the United States, according to the Defense Commissary Agency.
Topps has now shut down its business.