December 12, 2001Illinois Store Recalls Ground Beef For
Possible E. coli O157:H7
Mount Prospect, Ill (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Niman Ranch, Inc.
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 was
produced on Dec. 5.
The following ground beef products were sold as prepackaged units of various
weights at the self-service meat section of the store and indicate "Sell By
"GROUND BEEF NOT LESS THAN 75% LN"
"GRND CHUCK NOT LESS THAN 80% LN"
"GROUND ROUND NOT LESS THN 85% LN" and
"GROUND SIRLOIN NOT LS THN 95% LN."
In addition, the following product was sold in bulk out of the display case,
wrapped by a butcher for individual customers when purchased, and indicates
"Sell By Dec 05, 01":
"SRLN GRND BEEF NT LS THN 95% LN."
"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 with questions about the recall may contact Jewel-Osco’s Customer
Service Line at (800) 539-3561. Media with questions may contact Karen
Ramos, pubic affairs director at Jewel-Osco, at (847) 916-4394.
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.