ELIZABETH N.J. Topps Meat Co. has gone out of business, effective Friday, after issuing the nation’s second-largest beef recall because of fears the meat may have been contaminated with a potentially lethal strain of E. coli. Elizabeth-based Topps began recalling frozen hamburger patties Sept. 25 and expanded it a few days later to 21.7 million pounds of ground beef."This is tragic for all concerned, " Anthony D’Urso, chief operating officer of Topps, said in a statement. "In one ...

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