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August 18, 1999

Sav a Lot Grocery in Sarasota Recalls Ground Beef Contaminated with E. Coli

SARASOTA, FL (SafetyAlerts) - 400 pounds of ground beef sold by a Florida Sav a Lot grocery store is being voluntarily recalled because the meat may be contaminated with the potentially harmful bacteria E. coli O157:H7.

The Sav a Lot store conducting the recall is located at 200 North Lime Avenue, Sarasota, FL.  The contamination was identified during routine surveillance testing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At this point, no illness has been linked to the product.

The affected ground beef was sold in 1 and 2 pound cello packages and can be identified by the "sell by" dates of August 12 and August 13.

Product containing E. coli O157:H7 can cause serious illness when it is undercooked. "Ground beef products should be thoroughly cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit prior to consumption.   Any questions on food safety for ground beef, or any other foods, can be answered by the Division of Food Safety of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 850/488-0295," Florida Agriculture Commissioner, Bob Crawford said.

It is recommended that any product purchased from this store with the above sell by dates be returned to the store. Questions about returning the product may be addressed to the store's general manager, Ed Kopp, at 941 365-7701.

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