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February 21, 2002

Save-A-Lot Has Recalled Ground Beef

Wyandotte, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Save-A-Lot has recalled approximately 300 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The products being recalled are "SAVE-A-LOT ALL BEEF HAMBURGER" and "SAVE-A-LOT FRESH GROUND BEEF FROM CHUCK." The ground beef was produced on Feb. 13 and packaged in various sizes. Each package label bears the sell-by date "Sell By Feb 15, 02."

"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 Ronald Hicks, 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 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 and media with questions about the recall may contact Dan Kimack, manager of corporate communications, Save-A-Lot Foods, at (314) 592-9614.

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