Largest US burger meat processor out of business after E.coli recall

Another addition of Sign of the Times…

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Topps Meat Co. LLC, the meat company responsible for the second-largest beef recall in U.S. history, said Friday it will close its plant in Elizabeth, N.J., and go out of business, effective immediately.

Topps on Sept. 25 began a recall of its frozen hamburger meat that was expanded to comprise 21.7 million pounds of the meat, which may be contaminated with E. coli after federal inspectors discovered inadequate safety measures at its plant.

“In one week we have gone from the largest U.S. manufacturer of frozen hamburgers to a company that cannot overcome the economic reality of a recall this large,” he said.

Here is the USDA recall page.

Countdown ’til some clueless Gooper argues that meddling big government agencies are bad for the economy. 

In 3…2…1….

Update:
Topps Meat Company, LLC, a privately held company, is apparently not the same firm as Topps Company, Inc., a public company (NASDAQ NM: Topp) that makes sports trading cards.

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    • Night Owl on October 7, 2007 at 10:20 pm
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    x-posted at Hoot at the Dark

    • oculus on October 7, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    this company doesn’t change the batch number daily and doesn’t have to under fed. regs., but it does make it much, much more difficult to isolate when recalling. 

    • Turkana on October 7, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    probably healthier to eat than hamburger.

    • Pluto on October 7, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    Throughout the United States, cows are doing the “Happy Dance.”

  1. the Cargill and Topps cases are not related.

    Cargill HQ is in MN. Topps is in  NJ. Wal-Mart HQ is in AR.

    Independent money managers don’t expect any long-term damage to the Sam’s Club brand.

    “You can only beat a dead horse so much with stories about bad meat,” said Jerry Slusiewicz, president of Pacific Financial Planners LLC in Newport Beach, Calif.
    […]
    “They may face lawsuits, but people aren’t going to stop shopping at Sam’s Club or Wal-Mart as a result of this,” said Neal Frankle, president of Wealth Resources Group Inc.

    Where are those cows again?

    • nocatz on October 8, 2007 at 2:26 am

    You can only beat a dead horse so much with stories about bad meat,” said Jerry Slusiewicz, president of Pacific Financial Planners LLC in Newport Beach, Calif.

    • fatdave on October 8, 2007 at 3:00 am

    or so that the Space Family Bush were offering visiting French Heads of State ” a hamburger or a hot dog” at MacPappys. So when you’re dodging Zombies on the Metro or something slimy grabs your ankle as you climb toward the Sacré Couer in the mist…remember who gave Sarkozy that Burger and add another outrage to the list.

  2. Where is the scam in this.
    Is it the result of “inspections” conducted by 1 agent Smith per 50,000 meat packers?
    Did the company contribute money to moveon.org?
    And will the “replacement” meat come from factories in Mexico cut up by hepatitis C Mexicans and driven into the US in Mexican trucks(bald tires and no brakes mandatory)
    Yeeehawww, ain’t capitalism grand.

    Lord, my ribs are healing, another week maybe and you can smite them all.

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