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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 RANCH BEEF";
"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
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