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Rospert's recalls 22,778 pounds of meat products

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Jun 21, 2019 at 12:59 PM

A Norwalk meat market has issued a voluntary recall involving about 22,778 pounds of beef, pork and lamb products possibly produced under unsanitary conditions with E. coli present.

Rospert's Meat Market, L.L.C., 3675 Lehigh Road, determined these products were produced with the use of a water supply that failed to meet the Ohio Department of Health’s microbiological standards for private water systems in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The beef, pork and lamb products were produced between May 21, 2019 and June 17, 2019.

When the Reflector called the business Thursday, twice an employee answering the phone hung up on reporters. On the second call, the unidentified employee said the manager would have “no comment.”

Smith’s Country Counter, the retail facility located at Rospert’s Market, also has voluntarily discarded the recalled product to ensure food safety. An employee at Smith’s referred all questions to Rospert’s.

The problem was discovered on Tuesday while an enforcement, investigations and analysis officer (EIAO) from ODA’s Division of Meat Inspection was reviewing records during a routine food safety assessment.

The EIAO observed that results from the establishment’s third-party testing laboratory indicated that a routine water sample collected at the establishment by Huron County Public Health (HCPH) on May 21 was positive for E. coli, according to the ODA. The water was used in the production of the beef, pork and lamb products.

The presence of E. coli bacteria in the water violates the regulatory requirement and the supply is determined to be non-potable. Therefore, the non-potable water supply resulted in the potential creation of insanitary conditions and potential direct product contamination leading to adulteration of the products processed in the facility during this time period.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

As a precaution, Rospert’s urged customers that have purchased these products not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. 

The products subject to the recall were distributed to customers of Rospert’s or sold through the retail at Smith’s. The shipping container for products distributed at Rospert’s bear establishment number “EST. 58” inside the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) mark of inspection. The product sold at Smith’s was labeled with this firm’s retail label, which does not contain the mark of inspection.

The full listing of affected products accompanies this story.

County health officials said they are working with the ODA to remedy the situation and have contacted all Huron County licensed food and retail establishments to notify them of the recall.

HCPH officials urge the public to not consume products affected by the recall.

E.coli can cause stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, which is often bloody. At this time there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to eating the recalled products. To report an adverse reaction contact HCPH at 419-668-1652 Ext. 258. Anyone experiencing symptoms or that is ill should contact their healthcare provider.

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