August 21, 2002
Arkansas Store Has Recalled Ground Beef
Russellville, AR (SafetyAlerts)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service
said that Kroger,
store #624 has recalled
approximately 240 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with
E. coli O157:H7.
The products being recalled are foam trays of varying weights containing:
"Kroger BEEF GROUND, GROUND BEEF AP2 73% LEAN,"
"Kroger BEEF GROUND, GROUND ROUND 85% LEAN," and,
"Kroger BEEF GROUND, GROUND CHUCK 80% LEAN AP2."
Each package bears a sell-by date of "Sell By 08/15/02."
The ground beef was produced on August 14 and distributed at this specific
retail store in Russellville, Ark.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, I urge consumers who have
purchased the suspect product to return it to the place of purchase," said
William J. Hudnall, acting FSIS administrator. "USDA is informing the public
so consumers will know to check their refrigerators or freezers."
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS 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 the Kroger Consumer
Product Line at (800) 632-6900. Media with questions may contact Whitney
Atkins, associate advertising manager, Kroger, at (901) 765-4315.