March 26, 2002
Safeway Has Recalled 180 pounds of Fresh Ground
Rodeo Calif (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Safeway Incorporated has recalled
approximately 180 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with
E. coli O157:H7.
The following ground beef products were sold in white foam trays of varying
weights ranging from 1 to 5 pounds:
"REGULAR GROUND BEEF 73% LEAN;"
"LEANEST GROUND BEEF 93% LEAN;"
"SUPER LEAN GROUND BEEF 90% LEAN;"
"80% LN GR BF MKT 20% FAT VPC;"
"LEAN GROUND BEEF 80% LEAN;" and
"LEAN GROUND BEEF 80% LEAN VALUE PACK."
Each package bears the sell by date code, "03/21/02" and the store number,
The ground beef was produced on March 20.
"Consumers should check their refrigerators and freezers for the recalled
product," said Margaret O’K. Glavin, acting FSIS administrator. "Because of
the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of meat products
contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157: H7, consumers who
purchased this product should not to eat it and return it to the store where
it was purchased."
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.
Media with questions about the recall may contact David Bowlby, Safeway
public affairs director, at (925) 467-2057. Consumers with questions about
the recall my call the toll-free Safeway customer service line at (877)