Cooking is not enough; Auchan recall frozen cheeseburgers because of E. coli O157:H7 ignores cross-contamination risk
Posted: May 23rd, 2011 - 10:42am
French retailer Auchan is recalling frozen cheeseburgers because of E. coli O157:H7 contamination but said that if cooked properly, to 65 C, the consequences of such contamination were prevented.
This ignores the risk of spreading even minute amounts of E. coli O157:H7 around household kitchens and food service operations.
AFP reported the manufacturer of the burgers, Cerf, said that the product recall was made "on behalf of the precautionary principle."
They are sold without a brand name but in a plastic bag which is drawn on an American flag, it was learned from the company.
"A review has highlighted, in the raw materials used in these products before cooking, the presence of Escherichia coli O157:H7.”