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Recall Notification Report 030-99
June 11, 1999
FSIS Recall Coordinator:
Media Inquiries:

Durham Meat Company Recalls Ground Beef for Institutional Use

Chicago, IL (SafetyAlerts) - Durham Meat Company is voluntarily recalling "Ground Beef 80-20" packaged in 5 pound tubes (chubs) and "ground beef patties" packaged in 10 pound packages. The product was sold for institutional use only and may be contaminated with E. coli O157: H7.

Production Dates/Identifying Codes:
All recalled products were produced on June 3, 1999. The tubes, packages and boxes bear Establishment 0670 in the mark of inspection. The fresh ground beef 80-20 was marked with the date of production (box date 6-3-99) and code # 1379 on the boxes. The fresh ground beef patties were marked with the Julian date (box date 154) on the boxes.

Problem/Reason for Recall:
The product may be contaminated with E. coli O157: H7.

How/When Discovered:
FSIS samples tested on June 3, 1999, were found positive for E. coli O157: H7. The positive sample was collected as part of FSIS routine verification activities and found positive on June 10, 1999.

Establishment 0670 / P-2855
Durham Meat Company
160 Sunol Street
San Jose, CA 95126

Corporate Contact:
Mr. Larry Flocchini, (408-291-3600)

Quantity Recalled:
4,230 pounds.

Local San Francisco Bay Area (North County), California

Recall Classification:
Class I

Recall Notification Level:

Press Release:

Direct Notification Means:
The company has contacted their distributors by telephone and in writing.

FSIS Followup Activities:
The District Enforcement Operations will perform effectiveness checks.

Other Agencies Involved:


For Further Information, Contact:
Meat and Poultry Hotline,
1-800-535-4555 or (202) 720-3333 (voice);
1-800-256-7072 (TTY)

Media: (202) 720-3897