May 13, 2002
New Jersey Store Has Recalled Ground Beef
Englewood, NJ (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that HanAhReum Corporation, doing business as Ah Reum
Asian Mart has recalled approximately 20 pounds of fresh ground beef that
may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The ground beef products being recalled are foam trays of varying weights of
Han Ah Reum "GROUND BEEF." Each package has a sell-by date of "MAY 10.02."
The ground beef was produced on May 7.
"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 William J. Hudnall, acting FSIS
administrator. "USDA is informing the public so consumers who may have
purchased and stored the product in their refrigerators or freezers will
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, seniors 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 with questions about the recall may contact Sang Y. Shim, store
manager, Han Ah Reum Asian Mart, at (201) 871-8822. Media with questions may
contact Abel Ryu, director, HanAhReum Corporation, at (718) 381-5500, ext.