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November 15, 2002

Georgia Firm Has Recalled Ground Beef For Possible E. coli O157:H7

Augusta, Ga. (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that Shapiro Farmer’s Market is recalling approximately 54,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The following ground beef products being recalled are packed in trays of varying weights:

"GROUND ROUND, 100% BEEF, CONTAINS 15% FAT, 1/3 PATTY 85%, LEAN GROUND BEEF." Each tray is marked "SELL BY 11.15.02."

"GROUND CHUCK, 100% BEEF, CONTAINS 20% FAT." Each tray is marked "SELL BY 11.15.02."

"85% ANGUS PATTIES, CONTAINS 15% FAT, BLACK ANGUS GROUND BEEF ROUND PATTIES." Each tray is marked "SELL BY 11.17.02."

"80/20 CHUCK PATTIES, CONTAINS 20% FAT, GROUND BEEF CHUCK PATTIES." Each tray is marked "SELL BY 11.17.02."

"GROUND BEEF ROUND PATTIES, 100% BEEF, CONTAINS 15% FAT." Each tray is marked "SELL BY 11/15/02."

"85/15 ROUND PATTIES, GROUND BEEF ROUND PATTIES, 100% BEEF, CONTAINS 15% FAT." Each tray is marked "SELL BY 11.15.02."

"LEAN GROUND BEEF PATTIES, CONTAINS 8% FAT, 92% LEAN PATTIES." Each tray is marked "SELL BY 11.17.02."

"SIRLOIN GROUND BEEF, 100% BEEF, CONTAINS 10% FAT, 90% GROUND BEEF." Each tray is marked "SELL BY 11.15.02."

"Ground Beef, CONTAINS 27% FAT, 73% GROUND BEEF." Each tray is marked "SELL BY 11.17.02."

"Black Angus Lean Ground Beef, 90% ANGUS GROUND BEEF, CONTAINS 10% FAT." Each tray is marked "SELL BY 11.17.02."
Each tray bears "EST. 332A" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

Other ground beef products being recalled are:

5-pound packages of "100% PURE Ground Chuck." Packages are ink stamped with "EST. 332A" and "SELL BY 11/23/02."

5-pound packages of "100% PURE Ground Beef." Packages are ink stamped with "EST. 332A" and "SELL BY 11/23/02."

10-pound chubs, packed eight to a box. Each chub is ink stamped with "EST. 332A" and "SELL BY 11/23/02." Each box label is marked "73/27 GROUND BEEF 10LB" and bears the code "800045."

10-pound chubs, packed eight to a box. Each chub is ink stamped with "EST. 332A" and "SELL BY 11/23/02." Each box label is marked "80/20 GROUND BEEF CHUCK 10LB" and bears the code "800046."

10-pound chubs, packed eight to a box. Each chub is ink stamped with "EST. 332A" and "SELL BY 11/23/02." Each box label is marked "85/15 GROUND BEEF ROUND 10LB" and bears the code "800047."

The ground beef was produced on November 5 and distributed to retail establishments in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

"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 who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and return it to the place of purchase," said Dr. Garry McKee, FSIS administrator. "USDA is informing the public so consumers who may have purchased and stored the product in their refrigerators or freezers can know to check."

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.

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.

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

Media or consumers with questions about the recall may contact Randal Garrett, general manager, at 706-722-2694.

 
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