Local Restaurants Not Worried About Tainted Beef
Posted August 14, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — Company representatives from Burger King and Boston Market chains say the ground beef that's currently causing a national scare may be in stores in the West and Northeast, but not here.
However, whenever there is a risk of e-coli, a bacteria that can be especially dangerous to children and people with weak immune systems, any possible threat should be taken seriously.
The national scare started with a recall of 20,000 pounds of Hudson Food hamburger patties after some people in Colorado got sick from e-coli found inside them. Thursday morning there was another recall. Another 20 pounds of the same brand of ground beef made its way into popular restaurant chains Burger King and Boston Market. Bryan Jones, District Manager of Boston Market, says the meat never made it to this area.
Triangle Burger King owners released a statement saying they never received the tainted meat.
"We are confident that Burger King Corporation's stringent quality standards, inspection policies and cooking requirements ensure the continued safety of our customers."
The beef patties did, however, make it to North Carolina. Sam's Club carries Hudson Food patties, but has removed all of the last shipment from the store's freezers. No one from Sam's would speak to WRAL-TV5 on camera, but the company did release a statement. "Customers may return any package of Hudson frozen patties, open or not open, for a full refund, no receipt required. What's important is the customer's peace of mind."
That position was echoed by Boston Market management.
Both Burger King and Boston Market management also point out that they cook all beef at a temperature of 155 degrees or above. That kills e-coli.
In fact, there is no danger with the bacteria if you always make sure you cook any ground beef all the way through, and wash your hands and any utensils before they touch anything else.
If you think you might have any of the Hudson Food tainted meat, don't take chances. Return it or throw it out immediately.
You do still need to be concerned about those frozen hamburger patties sold in supermarkets. Hudson Food's says they may be infected with e-coli and they were sold across the state.
Here's what's being recalled:
If you have these burgers in your freezer or refrigerator, take them back to the place of purchase. You should be able to get a full refund.