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
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employees and government inquiries can call (888) 240-2734.
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