August 12, 1998
Hampton Meat Recalls Ground Beef for
E. coli O157:H7
HOPKINSVILLE, KY (SafetyAlerts) - Hampton Meat Processing Co. is
voluntarily recalling one day's production of ground beef that may be contaminated with Escherichia
coli O157:H7 bacteria.
About 120 pounds were sold directly
to local customers who came to the meat processing plant in Hopkinsville on August 5 to
purchase ground beef. Any ground beef bought at the plant on August 5 is included in the
affected lot and should be returned.
USDA discovered the problem through
its routine monitoring program for E. coli O157:H7 in ground beef.
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. E. coli O157:H7 bacteria have been implicated in
several recent outbreaks of foodborne illness across the United States.
"Because of the potential hazard
of foodborne disease from consumption of undercooked or underprocessed meat and poultry
products contaminated with pathogens such as the E. coli O157:H7 bacteria, we urge
consumers who may have purchased the suspect product to return it to the place of
purchase," said Thomas J. Billy, administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection
Service. "USDA is informing the public so consumers who may have purchased and stored
product in their freezers around that time can know to check," Billy said.
Consumers with questions about the
recall may phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The
Hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.
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