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SafetyAlerts
August 28, 2002

North Carolina Store Has Recalled Ground Beef

Raleigh, N.C (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that Harris Teeter, a retail store located at 4421 Six Forks Rd. has recalled approximately 50 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The products being recalled are approximately 1-2 lb. packages of "Harris Teeter HT PREMIUM GR BF 80%LN 20%FAT" or "Harris Teeter CAB GROUND SIRLOIN CUSTOM CUT." Each package bears the sell-by date "SELL BY: 08/21/02."

The ground beef was produced on Aug. 20 and distributed to customers of the Six Forks Road Harris Teeter store.


"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 not to eat the suspect product 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 or freezers."

The problem was discovered during FSIS follow-up sampling conducted after a June 24 recall at the same store for E. coli O157:H7.

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 customer relations hotline at (800) 432-6111. Media with questions may contact Jessica Graham, corporate communications manager, at (704) 844-3904.

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