November 6, 2001Indiana Retail Store Recalls Ground Beef
Evansville, IN. (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Super Kmart is
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
products being recalled are:
"Super Kmart GROUND BEEF 93% LEAN,"
"Super Kmart GROUND BEEF CHUCK,"
"Super Kmart GROUND BEEF ROUND VALUE PACK," and "Super Kmart GROUND
The products being recalled were produced on Oct. 31 and packaged in trays
of various sizes. Each tray is labeled with a sell by date of "Nov 01, 01."
"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 Margaret O’K. Glavin, acting FSIS
administrator. "USDA is informing the public so consumers who may have
purchased and stored the product in their refrigerators or freezers can know
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 and media with questions about the recall may contact Steve
Pagnina, Super Kmart vice-president of corporate affairs, at (248) 463-1021.
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.