March 26, 2002
Southtown Meat Has Recalled 2,800 pounds of
Fresh Ground Beef
Joplin Mo. (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Southtown Meat Co. Inc. has recalled
2,800 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli
The products subject to recall are packaged in boxes of various weights and
sizes ranging from one to 40 pounds and are marked with case code "121204."
Each box bears establishment code "EST. 8694" inside the USDA seal of
inspection. Each labeled box has a label with "Ground Beef," "Beef Patties,"
"Beef Cubed Steaks," or "Ground Beef PREMIUM GROUND BEEF," and "SOUTHTOWN
MEAT CO., INC." Product boxes that do not have labels are rubber-stamped
with "PREMIUM GROUND BEEF," or "GROUND BEEF."
The ground beef was produced on March 18 and distributed to institutions,
restaurants and retail stores in Carl Junction, Carthage, Diamond, Gramby,
Joplin, Neosho and Webb City, Mo., and Galena, Riverton and Wier, Ks.
"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. "Diners in these states should also ask if meals made with
ground beef contain the recalled product. 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 William
Wilcoxson, company president, at (417) 623-4487.