May 8, 2000
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
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
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS
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
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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