October 9, 2001
Florida Firm Recalls Ground Beef For Possible E. coli O157:H7
Miami, Fla. (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Global Distributors, is recalling 400 pounds of
fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced
This is the first public notice of
recall issued by the FSIS.
The ground beef being
recalled was produced on Oct. 2 and distributed to restaurants in Miami,
The product was packaged in 40 lb. boxes marked ?GD processing division,
GROUND BEEF (PICADILLO).? Each box contains the package code ?PACKED ON: OCT
02 2001 GLOBAL DISTRIBUTORS.? Additionally, each case label bears ?EST.
11133? inside the USDA seal of inspection.
?Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of
meat products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7, we
want consumers to be aware of the recall,? said Thomas Billy, FSIS
administrator. ?Diners in the Miami area may wish to ask if meals made with
ground beef contain the recalled product.?
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 Rodolfo Valdez, Global
Distributor?s Plant Manager at (305) 634-3474. Media with questions may
contact Jose Martinez, Global Distributor?s Quality Control Manager at (305)
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.