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Friday, May 9, 2008

Palama Holdings, LLC, Of Hawaii Recalls 68,670 Pounds Of Ground "May's Brand" Beef Products

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-014-2008 HEALTH RISK: HIGH

Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Peggy Riek
USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2008 - Palama Holdings, LLC, a Kapolei, Hawaii, firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 68,670 pounds of ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]
  • 6- and 10-pound boxes containing 1/4-pound and 1/3-pound "May's Teriyaki Beef Patties." The boxes include a product code of "157400," "157600," or "157700," as well as a production date of "4/9/2008," "4/10/2008," "4/11/2008," "4/15/2008," "4/16/2008," "4/17/2008," "4/18/2008," or "4/21/2008." Each box bears the establishment number "EST. 11077" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 24-pound bulk boxes of "May's Beef Picnic Patties." The boxes will include product code "158700" as well as a production date of "4/11/2008" or "4/18/2008." Each box bears the establishment number "EST. 11077" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 10-pound boxes of "May's Beef Pattie, 3:1 Layer Pack." These boxes include the product code "158325" as well as a production date of "4/10/2008," or "4/17/2008." Each box bears the establishment number "EST. 11077" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 3-pound trays of "May's GROUND BEEF Family Pack." The packages include the product code "410751," as well as the production date "4/16/2008." The packages also bear the establishment number "EST. 11077" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 5- and 10-pound chubs of May's brand coarse ground and fine ground beef products. These products bear a product code of "141115," "141120," "143915", "141420," "144150," "144155," "144200," "144205," "144209," "145410," "145420," "151115," "151415," "151430", or "153220." The products will also bear a production date of "4/9/2008," "4/15/2008," "4/16/2008," "4/17/2008," "4/18/2008," or "4/21/2008."

The bulk pack chubs of ground beef products may have been distributed for further processing and therefore may not bear the recalling firm's establishment number "EST. 11077" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The ground beef products subject to recall were produced from April 9, 2008, through April 21, 2008. The products subject to recall were distributed to retail, food service establishments and commissaries in Hawaii.

The problem was discovered through company testing. FSIS has not received any reports of illness. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact company Vice President of Sales Lionel Yokoyama at (808) 682-8368. Media with questions about the recall should contact company CEO Bill Loose (808) 682-8383.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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