Topps Meat Company Ends Operations After 67 Years

Oct 05, 2007, 01:00 ET from Topps Meat Company LLC

    ELIZABETH, N.J., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Topps Meat Company LLC
 announced today that because of the economic impact of the second-largest
 beef recall in U.S. history involving more than 21.7 million pounds of
 ground beef products, it is forced to close its Elizabeth plant and go out
 of business effective today.
     "This is tragic for all concerned," said Anthony D'Urso, Chief
 Operating Officer. "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. We sincerely regret the impact
 this will have on our employees, our customers and suppliers, and the
 community. Most of all, we regret that our products have been linked by
 public health agencies to recently reported illnesses. We hope and pray for
 the full recovery of those individuals."
     A small number of the 87 employees will remain at the Elizabeth plant
 for an indefinite time to assist the USDA in its ongoing investigation and
 to handle administrative matters, including ensuring the effectiveness of
 the recall.
     "We want to thank our loyal employees and customers who have supported
 us throughout the 67 years in which Topps Meat has been in business,"
 D'Urso said. "Topps has always prided itself on providing the utmost
 quality and safety and never had a recall in our history until now. This
 has been a shocking and sobering experience for everyone."
     Topps Meat Company was founded in 1940 and is a leading manufacturer
 and supplier of premium branded frozen hamburgers and other portion
 controlled meat for supermarkets and mass merchandisers.
     As the Company assesses and addresses the impact of the closing on all
 affected parties, individuals with business-related questions regarding
 Topps Meat Company can call 888-734-0451 or email
 Employees and government inquiries can call (888) 240-2734.

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