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December 10,  2002

Florida Firm Has Recalled Ground Beef

Coconut Creek, FL (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that Publix, a retail store at 4849 Coconut Creek Parkway, is recalling approximately 120 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The ground beef products being recalled are packaged in foam trays of varying weights bearing the sell-by date "12/07/02." The products subject to recall are:

The ground beef was produced on Dec. 5 and distributed to customers of the Publix retail store in Coconut Creek, Fla.

"I urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and return it to the place of purchase because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness," said Garry L. 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, 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 Maria Rodamis, Publix spokesperson, at (305) 652-2411 ext. 3810

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