The products subject to recall include packages of McNees ground beef, beef patties and ground round. Each clear plastic bag and retail package bears the establishment number “EST. 33971” within the USDA mark of inspection. The products subject to recall were produced on July 7, July 15, July 21, July 28 and Aug. 4, 2011, and sold to retail establishments and restaurants in Armada, Lapeer and North Branch, Mich. The products were also sold directly to consumers from a retail establishment owned by McNees Meats and Wholesale, LLC.
FSIS was notified of an investigation of E. coli O157: NM illnesses on Aug. 4, 2011. Working in conjunction with the Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), 5 confirmed case-patients in Michigan have been identified with illness onset dates between July 18 and July 25, 2011. As a result of the epidemiologic investigation, investigators determined there is a link between the ground beef products produced on July 15 and July 21 and the illnesses in Michigan. The firm is including additional dates out of an abundance of caution. FSIS is continuing to work with the Michigan state public health and regulatory partners on the investigation.