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March12,  200

Ohio Firm Has Recalled Ground Beef Products

Sharonville, OH (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that Green Bay Dressed Beef, doing business as American Foods Group has recalled approximately 106,000 pounds of fresh and frozen ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The products subject to recall are 1 to 3 lb. trays of:

"Kroger, Beef Ground, Ground Sirloin Patties."
"Kroger, Beef Ground, Ground Round Patties."
"Kroger, Beef Ground, Ground Chuck Patties."
"Kroger, Beef Ground, Ground Beef Patties."
"Kroger, LEAN GROUND BEEF, 91/09."
"Kroger, GROUND BEEF CHUCK, 80/20."
Each of these products bears the establishment number "EST. 20983" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The products were produced on January 24 and distributed to retail stores in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of meat products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7, consumers should check to see if they have the recalled product and return it to the point of purchase," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator.

This action is being taken based on the results of laboratory samples collected by the state of Ohio in response to several illnesses in that state. The recalled product has not been linked to E. coli-related illnesses there. 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, seniors and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Media with questions about the recall may contact Jim Mulhern, company media representative, at (202) 496-2468. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Sally VandeHei, company consumer representative, at (800) 829-2838.

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