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August 5, 2003

Minnesota Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products For Possible E. coli O157:H7

(SafetyAlerts) - Howard Beef Processors, doing business as Ellison Farms, a Pipestone, Minn., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 194,700 pounds of frozen ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment code "EST. 8934" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on various days between May 30 and June 11, 2003 and distributed to consumers at retail outlets and through door-to-door sales nationwide. Some of the recalled products were also exported to Mexico.

The recall was initiated because epidemiological case studies suggest that the recalled product may be linked to two E. coli O157:H7 illnesses in Colorado.

FSIS is conducting laboratory tests to determine if the recalled products are linked to these cases. 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.

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