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
"PUBLIX BEEF LEAN GROUND (7% FAT),"
"PUBLIX BEEF GROUND SIRLOIN,"
"PUBLIX BEEF GROUND ROUND,"
"PUBLIX BEEF GROUND CHUCK," and
"PUBLIX BEEF GROUND."
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.