April 13, 1999
Tops Friendly Market Recalls 280 Pounds of Ground
WASHINGTON, DC (SafetyAlerts) - Tops Friendly Market, a retail store in
Oswego, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 280 pounds of ground beef that may be
contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U. S. Department of Agricultures Food
Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The products subject to recall range from one
pound packages to three pound packages of 80%, 85%, and 90% lean ground beef, and one to
three pound packages of Tenderettes (ground and tenderized beef chuck). The packages bear
no brand name, but are marked with a sell-by date of either April 6 or April 7, 1999.
The product was produced on April 5, 1999, and was
distributed only in the Oswego area from the Tops Friendly Market #509 located at 293 F
State Route 104.
The problem was discovered through a routine FSIS
monitoring sample for retail establishments. No illnesses associated with consumption of
the recalled product have been reported to FSIS.
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.
"Because of the potential hazard of
foodborne illness from consumption of undercooked or underprocessed meat products
contaminated with pathogens such as the E. coli O157:H7 bacteria, we urge consumers
who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and to return it to the place of
purchase," said Margaret Glavin, associate administrator of USDAs Food Safety
and Inspection Service. "USDA is informing the public so consumers who may have
purchased and stored product in their freezers can know to check," Glavin said.
Consumers with questions for Tops about the recall
may phone Jim DeMartino at 1-800-522-2522.
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