European Briefs: DeCA recalls two more beef products
The Defense Commissary Agency has recalled two more 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 products made by Topps Meat Co. LLC, which voluntarily recalled more than 300,000 pounds of frozen ground beef.
Added to DeCA’s recall list are:
Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef hamburgers, 6 ounce (pub burgers), 3-pound boxes (UPC: 07470100045). Each box bears a sell-by date of June 22, 2008.
Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef hamburgers, quarter pounders, 5-pound boxes (UPC: 074701-00055). Each box bears a sell-by date of June 22, 2008, July 12, 2008, or July 23, 2008.
Previously, DeCA issued a recall for the following products:
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.
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 illnesses.
Gitmo detainees allowed to request attorneysWASHINGTON — Fourteen “high-value” terrorism suspects who were transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from secret CIA prisons last year have been formally offered the right to request lawyers, a move that could allow them to join other detainees in challenging their status as enemy combatants in a U.S. appellate court.
The move, confirmed by Defense Department officials, would allow the suspects their first contact with anyone other than their captors and representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross since they were taken into custody.
The prisoners, who include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, have not had access to attorneys during their year at Guantanamo Bay or while they were held, for varying lengths of time, at the secret CIA sites abroad. They were entitled to military “personal representatives” to assist them during the administrative process that determines whether they are enemy combatants.