Nearly 17,000 pounds of ground beef patties are being recalled because of possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Sysco Seattle.
Sysco is recalling the following prime rib beef patties:
The recall stems from a recall by a Canadian firm, New Food Classics, and the USDA announcement came four days after Sysco, a Seattle firm, contacted its own customers. A March 23 announcement by the USDA indicated that it had been unable to contact Sysco to get its cooperation in the recall, which begs questions about the government's ability to effectively recall tainted food and communicate with companies that distribute food. While it may be comforting to know the government would initiate a public health announcement even without the cooperation of the company involved, it is unclear how the company could have known of the potential contamination and informed its own customers four days before the USDA issued its public alert.
The patties were distributed to restaurants in Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Washington state.
Consumers with questions should contact Susan Linn at 832-489-1799.
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