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July 15, 2002

Nebraska Firm Has Recalled Ground Beef Products

Columbus, NE (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Carneco Foods, LLC, has recalled approximately 7,500 pounds of frozen ground beef patties that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The ground beef products being recalled are:

6-lb. bags of "NORTHERN PLAINS Beef Sirloin AND BEEF PATTIES 85/15." Each bag bears a code of " 0205321P."
6-lb. bags of "NORTHERN PLAINS Ground Beef PATTIES 80/20." Each bag bears a code of "02053A1P" or "0205321P."
10-lb. boxes of "NORTHERN PLAINS Gourmet Beef PATTIES." Each box bears a production code between "20020531317" and "20020530500."
7-lb. boxes of "SEASONED BEEF PATTIES (MISFORMED)." Each box bears a production code between "20020531317" and "20020530500."
Each bag or box also bears "EST. 245P" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The ground beef patties were produced on Feb. 22, 2002, and distributed to retail establishments nationwide.

"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 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."

Carneco Foods discovered the problem after being notified by its supplier that it had shipped Carneco Foods product that had been adulterated with E. coli O157:H7. FSIS has initiated an investigation into the shipment of the product.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, the elderly, 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 the Carneco Foods Customer Hotline at 1-866-824-6243. Media with questions may contact John Schaller, Division vice president of operations, at 405-603-7936

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