July 15, 2002
Florida Store Has Recalled Ground Beef
Boca Raton, Fl (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Publix Supermarket Incorporated has recalled
approximately 110 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with
E. coli O157:H7.
The ground beef products being recalled are:
"Publix, BEEF LEAN GROUND (7% FAT)" ;
"Publix, MAVERICK GROUND ROUND, 4% FAT EXTRA LEAN, GROUND ROUND, MAVERICK
"Publix, BEEF LEAN GROUND (7% FAT)";
"Publix, BEEF LEAN ROUND (7% FAT)";
"Publix, BEEF GROUND SIRLOIN";
"Publix, BEEF GROUND ROUND";
"Publix, BEEF GROUND CHUCK"; and
"Publix, BEEF GROUND."
The ground beef is packed in foam trays of varying weights and sizes. Each
package is marked with a sell-by date of "07/11/02."
The ground beef was produced on July 9, 2002 and distributed to customers of
the Publix store in Boca Raton.
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of
meat products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7,
consumers who have purchased these products should not eat it and return it
to the place of purchase," said Linda Swacina, 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 by FSIS.
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 Maria
Rodamis, company spokesperson, at (305) 652-2411, ext. 3810.