A recall of 21.7 million pounds of frozen ground beef patties took more than a bite out of Topps Meat Company.
After 67 years of business, the company filed for bankruptcy in November 2007, just two months after its products were fingered for suspected E. coli contamination. The tainted meat was tied to 40 deaths in eight states and 21 hospitalizations.
The economic impact of the massive recall forced the company to halt manufacturing at its Elizabeth, N.J., plant and lay off a majority of its employees, which ultimately led to a complete shutdown. The Topps name was sold in January 2008 to the owner of Hickory Foods, which makes Bubba Burger frozen hamburgers.
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