March 27, 2000Quality Foods Recalls 1,100
Pounds of Ground Chuck
Monroe, GA (SafetyAlerts) - Quality Foods, a retail store in Monroe,
Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 1,100 pounds of ground chuck that may be contaminated
with E. coli O157:H7.
The ground chuck was packaged in various sizes and
produced March 22 and 23. The packages bear the Quality Foods name and are marked with
sell-by dates of March 24 and 25.
The problem was discovered through routine The
Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) microbiological sampling.
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne
illness from consumption of underprocessed meat products contaminated with pathogens such
as the E. coli O157:H7 bacteria, I urge consumers who have purchased the suspect
product not to eat it and to return it to the place of purchase," said Thomas J.
Billy, administrator of FSIS. "USDA is informing the public so consumers who may have
purchased and stored the product in their freezers can know to check."
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly
pathogen 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 illnesses
associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should
contact a physician.
Consumers with questions about the recall may
contact Frank Jones, Quality Foods, tel. (770) 266-6121.
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers March 27,
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