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Company recalls ground beef products

June 10, 2005
Georgia Department of Agriculture
Tommy Irvin, Commissioner

ATLANTA -- Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is advising Georgians to check their freezers for a brand of frozen meatballs that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Murry's Inc. of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, is voluntarily recalling the meatballs and various beef patties. Only the meatballs were distributed in Georgia. All the products subject to recall contain the production code "40104" and bear the establishment number "EST. 516A" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly species of bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Children, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible. The recalled meatballs are 20-ounce packages of "MURRY'S FAMILY OF FINE FOODS Gourmet Meatballs, Oven Ready, Cooks in 15 Minutes."

The item code, "63101" is listed on the label. The meatballs were produced on April 1, 2004, and were distributed to retail customers in Connecticut , Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

“Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will be checking grocery stores and food warehouses to make sure these products are removed from sale,” said Commissioner Irvin.

Other products included in this recall but not distributed in Georgia include:

* Packages of "Murry's 100% PURE BEEF Jumbo Beef Patties." Each package contains six 6.4 ounce patties. The item code, "06716" is listed on the label. The patties were produced on April 1, 2004, and were distributed to retail customers in Delaware , Maryland , New Jersey , Pennsylvania , Virginia and Washington , D.C.

* 10-pound boxes of "MURRY'S Steaks and Other Fine Foods, 01357, 4B WIDE 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES, NET WT. 10 LBS. The patties were produced on April 1, 2004, and were distributed to food service customers in Maryland , North Carolina , Pennsylvania , Virginia and Washington , D.C.

* 10-pound boxes of "MURRY'S Steaks and Other Fine Foods, 01340, 2 OUNCE 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES, NET WT. 10 LBS." The patties were produced on April 1, 2004, and were distributed to retail customers in Delaware , Maryland , North Carolina , Pennsylvania , Virginia and Washington , D.C.