September 1, 2003
NEBRASKA FIRM RECALLS GROUND BEEF FOR
POSSIBLE E. COLI O157:H7
Skylark Meats, Inc., an Omaha, Neb., establishment is voluntarily recalling
approximately 220 pounds of frozen ground beef patties that may be
contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food
Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The ground beef products being recalled are 10 lb. boxes of:
"Ground Beef Patties 4/1, 80/20, 121300, 40 ct 10.0 lbs., SKYLARK MEATS
INC." Each label bears the USDA establishment number "EST. 4215" inside the
USDA mark of inspection.
A portion of the product listed above has been re-wrapped in various size
packages that are labeled: "GROUND BEEF PATTIES, NOT TO EXCEED 20% FAT,
Guaranteed QUALITY." Each label also has the sell by date, "Aug. 31, 03."
The ground beef was produced on Aug. 19, 2003 and distributed to retail
stores in Nebraska.
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 Dominic V.
Driano, vice president and general counsel, at 507-238-4201.
Consumers with other food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat
and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHOTLINE. The hotline is available in English
and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday
through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.