DeCA recalls beef sold in commissaries
The Defense Commissary Agency is recalling some of its frozen ground beef products following a U.S. Department of Agriculture warning of possible E. coli contamination, according to a DeCA news release.
The agency carries two of the recalled products made by Topps Meat Company LLC:
Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 12 quarter pounders, 3-pound boxes (UPC: 074701-00025). Each box bears a sell-by date of June 22, 2008; July 12, 2008; or July 23, 2008.
Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 20 quarter pounders, 5-pound boxes (UPC: 074701-00110). Each box bears a sell-by date of June 22, 2008; July 12, 2008 or July 23, 2008.
Commissary patrons can return the meat, with label, to the store for a full refund, according to a DeCA statement.
E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Young children, seniors and people with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to food-borne illness.
A half-dozen people in New York fell ill because of E. coli-contaminated frozen hamburger, according to The Associated Press.