A Milwaukee meatpacker has expanded a recall to a total of two-point-eight million pounds of ground beef sold nationwide.
Emmpak Foods president Justin Segel said Thursday the company has temporarily closed the Milwaukee plant, which produced the ground beef that's been linked to an E. coli outbreak.
Last week Emmpak which does business as Peck Meats recalled 416,000 pounds in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.
He says the ground beef was sold in five and 10-pound tubes, mainly to food services. But, he says it's also available in grocery stores. Segel says the company and USDA continued to review the situation and decided to expand the recall.
Emmpak's consumer hot line number is 1-877-817-7622.
The cases of ground beef products being recalled are marked with the "sell by" dates of 9-05-02, 9-06-02, 9-07-02 or 9-08-02. The packages also include the establishment code of 20654 inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The products recalled last week have "sell by" dates of 8-29-02, 8-30-02, 8-31-02, 9-01-02 or 9-02-02.
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