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May 21, 2002

Michigan Store Has Recalled Ground Beef Products

Coopersville, MI (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Prevo's Family Market, a retail store at 1181 West Randall St. has recalled approximately 200 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The ground beef products being recalled are between 1 and 5 lb. packages of:

"Prevo's Family Market GROUND BEEF FROM CHUCK, SMALL,"
"Prevo's Family Market GROUND BEEF FROM CHUCK, LARGE,"
"Prevo's Family Market GROUND BEEF FROM ROUND, SMALL,"
"Prevo's Family Market GROUND BEEF, FAMILY PACK," and,
Each package bears "Sell By May15, 02" or "Sell By

May 16, 02." The ground beef was produced on May 14 and 15.

"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 but to return it to the place of purchase," said William J. Hudnall, acting FSIS administrator. "USDA is informing the public so consumers can check their refrigerators and freezers."

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 the Spartan Stores Consumer Affairs Hotline at 1-800-451-8500. Media with questions may contact Jeanne Norcross, director of corporate communications, Spartan Stores Inc., at (616) 878-2830.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day

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