September 10, 1999
Sav a Lot Grocery in Sarasota Recalls Additional Ground Beef
SARASOTA, FL (SafetyAlerts)
- A Sarasota grocery store is voluntarily recalling an additional 160 pounds of ground
beef that may be contaminated with the potentially harmful bacteria E. coli 0157:H7,
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford announced today.
The additional ground beef being recalled is in 1
and 2 pound cello packages with a "sell by" date of September 3.
The voluntary recall of the ground beef is the
second in the last month for Sav a Lot, located at 200 North Lime Avenue, Sarasota.
Back in mid August the Florida supermarket recalled 400 pounds of its ground beef for
possible contamination. The recall issued in August can be viewed here.
On both occasions, the contamination was
identified during surveillance testing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, although the
meat came from different suppliers on each occasion. To date, no illnesses have been
linked to either recalled product. Crawford's food safety inspectors will be visiting the
Sarasota store to conduct a comprehensive inspection.
Crawford reminded consumers to make sure they cook
any ground beef thoroughly. Cooking such a product to an internal temperature of 160
degrees kills any harmful bacteria that may be harbored in the beef.
While much of the product undoubtedly has been
consumed, customers of the store who have such meat in their freezers should return it to
the store and can direct questions about returning the product to the store's general
manager, Ed Kopp, at 941/ 365-7701.
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