October 14, 2002
California Store Has Recalled Ground Beef
Yuba City, CA (SafetyAlerts)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that
WinCo Foods has recalled approximately 80 pounds of fresh ground beef that
may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The products being recalled are 1 to 2-lb. and 5-lb. packages of:
"WinCo Foods, EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF, EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF 1-2#, 14% MAX
"WinCo Foods, EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF, EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF, 5#, 14% MAX
Each label also bears the sell-by date of Oct. 10.
The ground beef was produced on Oct. 8 and distributed to customers of the
Franklin Road store in Yuba City.
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of
meat products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7, I
urge consumers not to eat the suspect product but to return it to the place
of purchase," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "USDA is
informing the public so consumers can check their refrigerators or freezers
for the product."
The problem was discovered through routine microbiological testing. FSIS has
received no reports of illnesses. Anyone concerned about an illness should
contact a physician.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody
diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and persons with
compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.
Media and consumers with questions about the recall may contact Chuck
Miller, WI Vice President for Meat Operations, at (503) 982-4900.