January 29, 2002
Montana Firm Has Recalled Ground Beef Products
Miles City, MO. (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Montana Quality Foods and Processing
pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The products subject to recall are packaged in boxes of various weight and
sizes. Each box is labeled "GENERAL CUSTER BRAND MEATS. ESTABLISHED 1946."
Each box contains case codes of "23-1," "23-2," "23-3," or "23-4." The
establishment code "EST. 7679" is located inside the USDA seal of
inspection. Each box contains 10 pound bags. Each bag bears the label
"Ground Beef," and the company name and "EST. 7679."
The ground beef was produced on Jan. 23, 2002 and distributed to restaurants
in Miles City, Forsyth, Colstrip and Ashland, Montana.
"Because of the potential for serious foodborne illness, we want consumers
to be aware of the recall," said Margaret O’K. Glavin acting FSIS
administrator. "Diners in Montana should ask if meals made with ground beef
contain the recalled product."
The problem was discovered through 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 John Munsell,
company president, at (406) 232-0689.
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.