DDS: Food Recall Advisory: Recall of Beef Products

TO: DDS Regional Directors, STS Director, CTH Coordinators, Private Providers, CO Quality Management Personnel
FROM: Daniel A. Micari, Director, Quality Management Services
DATE: May 30, 2014
RE: Food Recall Advisory: Recall of Beef Products
 
 
Food Recall Advisory
 

Food Recall Advisory: On May 23, 2014, The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on May 19, 2014 that the Wolverine Packing Company, a Detroit, Michigan establishment, is recalling approximately 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.  This recall was initiated as a result of a traceback conducted as part of an outbreak investigation that implicated the beef products from Wolverine Packing Company.  The USDA recall notice is attached.

The distribution list provided by USDA did not include Connecticut. However, since that time we were informed by Massachusetts DPH that the product was sold to 2 Connecticut food service establishments.  Those local health departments were notified and they promptly contacted the respective food establishments.  Today it was learned that the recalled product was distributed by US Foods to a commissary in Connecticut although this information is not on the USDA distribution list.  As a result of this most recent information, this notice is being sent to all local health departments in case they receive calls regarding these products. The list of recalled products is extensive and therefore best accessed through the USDA website. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/3a3ed84a-f07f-4cb5-b321-b07ddba9d650/recall-030-2014-products.pdf?MOD=AJPERES.

See the attached PDF documents for further information.

Please ensure those responsible for food procurement and preparation are aware of this food recall advisory.  Also review your food stores to determine whether or not the identified products are present. If the identified products are present, address appropriately.