Company Closing Doors After Massive Beef Recall

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) -- It is a quick downfall for the company responsible for the second-largest best recall in U.S. history.

Topps Meat Company say it will close its plant in Elizabeth, New Jersey and go out of business, effective immediately.

Just last week, Topps began a recall of frozen hamburger that was expanded to nearly 22 million pounds. Fear of contamination with E. coli was raised after federal inspectors discovered inadequate safety measures at its plant.

Investigators think 30 people may have been sickened in eight states.

The company's chief operating officer says in a statement, "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."

A small number of the plant's 87 employees will remain on hand to assist with the federal investigation and handle other administrative matters.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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