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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 approximately 115 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, "1425."

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.

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