Contact: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes informed residents today that Topps Meat Company has voluntarily expanded its September 25 recall of ground beef products to include 21.7 million pounds of meat that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The brand names on these recalled products include Shop Rite, Pathmark, Sam's Club, Kohler, Rastelli's, Roma, Sand Castle and Westside. The recall includes all products produced by Topps with a "sell by" or "best if used by" date that falls between September 25, 2007 and September 25, 2008. Residents can check for this information on the back panel of product packages. All recalled products will have a USDA establishment number of EST 9748, which is located on the back panel of the package and/or in the USDA legend.

Consumers who find products marked with the above information in their refrigerators or freezers should remove the "sell by" date and UPC code from the packaging and send these items to: Topps Meat Company LLC, Attn: Recall Coordinator, P.O. Box 219, 1161 E. Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07207 for a full refund. Any remaining product in the package should be disposed of immediately. If the product has come into contact with cooking surfaces, residents should clean those surfaces immediately with an antibacterial kitchen cleaner.

For more detailed information about recalled products, visit www.toppsmeat.com. Residents seeking further information may also call the Topps Consumer Hotline at (888) 734-0451.

Symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 exposure could include stomach cramps and diarrhea. Bloody diarrhea may develop. E. coli disease sometimes leads to a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). If you have exhibited any of these symptoms within 3 to 5 days of consuming any of the products specified above, seek medical attention immediately.