November 18, 2002
Washington DC Store Has Recalled
Ground Beef Products
Washington, D.C. (SafetyAlerts)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said
that Safeway Incorporated, operating as Safeway Store # 1425, a retail store
at 401 M Street is recalling
pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
The following ground beef products were sold in white foam trays of varying
weights ranging from 1 to 5 pounds:
"GR BF NOT LESS THAN 90% LN VPC, Safeway, Inc."
"90% LEAN GROUND BEEF 10% FAT, Safeway, Inc."
Each package bears the sell by date code, "Nov 13, 02" and the store number,
The ground beef was produced on November 12 and distributed to customers of
the 401 M Street store in Washington, D.C.
"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 FSIS microbiological sampling.
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, the elderly, and persons with
compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.
Media with questions about the recall may contact Greg Teneycke, Safeway
public affairs director, Eastern Division at (301) 918-7077. Consumers can
contact Carole Wilson, Safeway food safety environmental affairs director at
(301) 918-8902. Consumers can also contact Sharon Cohen, Washington, D.C.
Department of Health, Food Protection Division at (202) 535-2176.