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August 6, 1999

Jac Pac Foods Recalls Frozen Beef Patties and Ground Beef

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- (SafetyAlerts) Jac Pac Foods announced today that it began a voluntary recall of frozen beef patties and ground beef produced on April 2 and prior to 2 a.m. on April 3 at its Manchester, NH plant because the product is potentially contaminated with E. coli 0157 bacteria.

The Jac Pac products being recalled can be identified by the following codes:

Hamburger Patties 2.8 oz (product code K0828310K, lot code(s) 0402 and 0403)
Beef Patties 5.3oz (product code K2390812M, lot code 00924)
Beef Patties 6oz (product code K2391214M, lot code 00924)
Beef Hamburgers 4oz (product code K0804191, lot code 00924)
Beef Patties 2oz (production code K3802008, lot code 00924)
Ground Beef (production code K2929800TP, lot code 00924)
Beef Patties 8oz (production code K2390814M, lot code(s) 00924 and 00934)
Beef Patties 4oz (production code K4804, lot code 00924, and production code K1804250C, lot code(s) 00934 and 00944)
Ground Beef (799892)

According to the company, almost all of the beef patties sold to food service outlets have been consumed. The retail sales occurred at BJ's Wholesale Clubs. Individuals who have purchased ground beef patties with these UPC codes and product manufacturing date codes from BJ's Wholesale Clubs should return them to the retail outlet from which they were purchased for a full refund. The identification numbers are located on the long side of the box. BJ's has removed these products from sale. As an additional measure, BJ's is in the process of directly contacting customers who may have purchased the frozen patties.

Only beef produced on April 2, 1999 and the production which extended to 2 a.m. on April 3, when a full clean-up occurred, are involved in this recall. No other BJ's beef patty products or Jac Pac Foods retail products are involved in the recall.

To date, one confirmed illness has been reported and connected to consumption of the product. The company is cooperating fully with the USDA and is working closely with federal, state and local health authorities.

E. coli O157 is an organism that can cause serious illness in small children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, and can be destroyed when foods are cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and/or diarrhea. Pregnant women should consult their physician

Customers with questions can contact Jac Pac at 1-800-417-1241



The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.