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August 7, 2002

Tennessee Store Has Recalled Ground Beef

Nashville, TN (SafetyAlerts) - Kroger, Store # 888, a retail store located at 3046 Dickerson Road, has recalled approximately 19 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The ground beef products being recalled are approximately three-pound foam trays of, "Kroger, STORE-MADE GROUND BEEF." Each package bears a sell by date, "Aug 01, 02."

The ground beef was produced on July 31, 2002 and distributed to customers of the Dickerson Road Kroger store.

"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 this product should not 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 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.

Media with questions about the recall may contact Gary Rhodes, director of communications, at (513) 762-1304. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact the Kroger Consumer Hotline toll-free at (800) 632-6900

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