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.
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
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
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