February 21, 2002Save-A-Lot Has Recalled Ground Beef
Wyandotte, MI (SafetyAlerts)
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
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
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.