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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 approximately 2,800 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 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

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