by: Roger Mari
(KHNL) - Another recall concerns consumers across the country, including here in the islands, leaving many to worry about what to eat.
The recall of frozen hamburgers started with 330,000 pounds of meat, and now includes 22 million pounds, all processed at the Topps meat company in New Jersey.
The problem with the meat: possible e-coli bacteria. At least 25 people in eight states have become sick. Federal inspectors found poor safety measures at several plants. Hawaii residents hope the bacteria doesn't reach the islands.
Chelsea Bonoan, a shopper says, "You don't know if it's going to be sent down to Hawaii. We could buy it and it could affect us."
The frozen patties, sold under various name brands, have a sell-by date between September 25, 2007 and September 25th, 2008.
But there may have been suspected cases of e-coli linked to the meat as far back as July.
Foi Saneva, a shopper, says. "I'm very scared now, I don't want to eat meat anymore, now we have to buy more cereals fruits and vegetables."
Caroline Smith DeWaal from the Center for Science in the Public Interest says, "This is the second largest recall of ground beef in our history and it indicates a breakdown in processing and the government inspection program."
This adds to a growing number of recalls shaking the confidence of consumers about food and other products, and the agencies meant to protect them.
Joyce Amigo, a shopper says, "It worries me because I have 4 boys, and I don't want to buy beef if it's recalled."
Once again, consumers are on alert- this time, to check their freezers for hamburger that might be contaminated.