July 29, 2000Portland Supermarket Recalls
OR (SafetyAlerts) - Albertsons
supermarket, a retail store at 4140 S.E. 82nd Ave., Portland, Ore., is voluntarily
recalling approximately 50 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli
O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service
The ground beef was packaged in various sizes and produced on July 24. The packages bear
the Albertsons supermarket name and are labeled as Extra Lean Ground Beef and bear
the date of "Jul24,00."
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness from consumption of undercooked or
underprocessed meat products contaminated with harmful pathogens, we urge consumers who
have purchased the suspect product not to eat it, but to return it to the place of
purchase," said Margaret OK. Glavin, associate administrator of FSIS.
"USDA is informing the public so consumers who may have purchased and stored product
in their freezers can know to check."
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly pathogen 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 and media with questions about the recall may contact Mike Read,
Albertsons supermarket, at (208) 395-6410.
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 10 a.m. to 4 p.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 SafeMail
subscribers July 29, 2000.
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