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November 7, 2002

Nebraska Firm Has Recalled Ground Beef

Omaha, NE (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that Skylark Meats, Inc. is recalling approximately 110,000 pounds of frozen ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The ground beef was produced on September 10 and distributed to retail stores and institutions nationwide.

"Consumers need to be aware of this recall," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "I strongly encourage purchasers of ground beef to check their refrigerators and freezers for the recalled product. If consumers are in possession of the recalled product, then they should return it to the point of purchase."

The problem was discovered through microbial testing conducted by a state department of agriculture.

The ground beef products being recalled are:

3-pound tubes of "SKYLARK 100% Pure GROUND BEEF." The tubes were distributed individually or packed in 30 lb. boxes. Individual tubes are marked with a label that bears "EST. 4215" inside the USDA seal of inspection and "PRODUCTION CODE 9-10-2003." The 30 lb. boxes are marked "GROUND BEEF CHUBS" with "EST. 4215" inside the USDA seal of inspection and codes "2253" or production code "9-10-2003."

1-pound tubes of "FROZEN GROUND BEEF." The tubes were distributed individually or packed in 40 lb. boxes. Individual tubes are marked with a label that bears "EST.4215" inside the USDA seal of inspection and "BEST USED BY 03/10/03 LOT 2253A." The boxes of "GROUND BEEF" have "CONTRACT NO. 12022 7305" and the USDA shield contains "USDA FOOD."
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.

FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Dominic V. Driano, vice president and general counsel, at 507-238-4201.

 
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