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December 5, 2000

Over 1 Million Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled in 21 States

Green Bay, WI (SafetyAlerts) - Green Bay Dressed Beef Inc., also doing business as American Foods Group, is voluntarily recalling approximately 1.1 million pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

E. coli 0157: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 succeptible to foodborne illness.

Retail packages identifiable to consumers includes:

  • "B Bar Brand 100% Pure Ground Beef" in frozen 3 pound tubes with a sell by date of Nov/02/01, bearing the establishment number Est. 410.  This product was distributed to Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin.
  • "Kroger Ground Beef 75/25", "Kroger Ground Round 85/15" and Kroger Ground Beef Sirloin 90/10" in 1.5 pound packages with a production code of 0308, bearing the establishment number Est. 18076.  This product was distributed to Memphis, Tennessee.
  • "Kroger Ground Beef", "Kroger Ground Chuck", Kroger Ground Round" and "Kroger Ground Sirloin" in 1, 3 and 5 pound tubes with a sell by date of Nov/20/00, bearing the establishment number Est. 410.   This product was distributed to Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

In a statement released by Kroger, the company stated that they are cooperating with the American Foods Group recall.

Kroger is asking consumers to check their freezers for any ground beef dated from November 4 through November 22 that was purchased from Kroger, King Soopers, City Market or Hilander stores in the following states: Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Colorado and Wyoming. Consumers should return this ground beef to the store for a full refund or replacement.

Kroger is also asking customers to check their freezers for Kroger-brand ground beef purchased in one-, three- or five-pound tubes dated November 19 or November 20 from Kroger stores in the following states: Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. This ground beef should also be returned to the store for a full refund or replacement.

Additional ground beef products for further processing, produced on Nov. 2 and 3, are also being recalled.  According to a press release issued by American Foods Group, the following products are also included:

  • 2,900 pounds of the product recalled was produced in 5 pound tubes bearing the brand name Sysco Supreme Angus and carries the identification of USDA Establishment No. 410, distributed by Sysco Corp. The production date of these tubes is 11/02/00 and was shipped to the following states: Michigan, Florida.
  • 38,623 pounds of product recalled was produced in 10 pound tubes with the box bearing the brand name Sysco Classic and identification of USDA Establishment No.410, distributed by Sysco Corp. The production date of these tubes is 11/02/00 and was shipped to the following states: Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas.

"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of meat products contaminated with pathogens such as the E. coli 0157:117 bacteria, I urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and return it to the place of purchase,"said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator. "USDA is informing the public so consumers who may have purchased and stored the product in their refrigerators or freezers can know to check."

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Sally Vande Hei with American Foods Group at (920) 436-6523.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1.-800-535-4555 The hotline can be reached from 10a.m. to 4p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers December 5, 2000.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

 
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