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
- "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
- 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,
"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.
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