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September 1, 2003


(SafetyAlerts) - 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.

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