October 8, 2001
Illinois Store Recalls Ground Beef For Possible E. coli O157:H7
Joliet, Ill (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Cub Foods, a retail store at 191 South Larkin
Avenue, is recalling approximately 40 pounds of fresh ground beef that may
be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
This is the first public notice of
recall issued by the FSIS.
The ground beef
product being recalled was produced on Oct. 1 and packaged in various sizes.
Each package is marked ?Cub Foods? and bears the name ?CHUCK GROUND BEEF
80/20.? The package code is ?Sell By Oct. 02, 01? and ?Use or Freeze By Oct.
The ground beef was distributed to retail customers in Joliet, Ill.
?Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of
meat products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7, I
urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and
return it to the place of purchase,? said Thomas Billy, FSIS administrator.
?FSIS is informing the public so consumers who may have purchased and stored
the product in their refrigerators or 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 illnesses associated with consumption of
this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Dave Wiemer,
Supervalu?s Director of Quality Assurance, at (952) 294-7459. Media with
questions may contact Rita Simmer, Supervalu?s Vice President of Corporate
Communications, at (952) 828-4429.
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, and recorded food safety
messages are available 24 hours a day.