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May 8, 2000

Texas Grocery Recalls Ground Beef for Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

Red Oak, TX  (SafetyAlerts) - Brookshire's Store, a retail store at 102 East Ovilla Road, Red Oak, Tex., is voluntarily recalling approximately 160 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with a harmful strain of E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The ground beef was packaged in various sizes and produced on May 1. The packages bear the Brookshire Store name and are labeled as Ground Beef 75% Lean with a sell by date of May 3.

Consumers with questions about the recall should call the Brookshire's store manager at 972-617-8465.

"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of undercooked or underprocessed meat products contaminated with harmful pathogens, we urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and return it to the place of purchase," said Margaret O'K. Glavin, acting administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. "USDA is informing the public so consumers who may have purchased and stored product in their freezers can know to check."

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician immediately.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The Hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.


Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers May 8, 2000.

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