June 25, 2002
North Carolina Store Has Recalled Ground Beef
Raleigh, N.C. (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Harris Teeter, a retail store located at 4421 Six
Forks Rd. has recalled
approximately 25 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with
E. coli O157:H7.
The ground beef being recalled is ?HT PREMIUM GR BF 80% LN 20% FAT,? packed
in foam trays, with packages varying in weight between 1 and 1.5 lbs. Each
package is marked with a sell-by date of ?06/19/02.?
The ground beef was produced on June 18.
?Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of
meat products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7, I
urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and
return it to the place of purchase,? said William J. Hudnall, acting FSIS
administrator. ?USDA is informing the public so consumers who may have
purchased and stored the product in their refrigerators or freezers will
know to check.?
The problem was discovered through routine 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 with questions about the recall may contact Beverly Griffin,
Harris Teeter, manager of customer relations, at (704) 844-3465. Media with
questions may contact Jessica Graham, Harris Teeter, corporate
communications manager, at (704) 844-3904.
Consumers with other food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat
and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. 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.