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July 29, 2000

Portland Supermarket Recalls Ground Beef

Portland, OR (SafetyAlerts) - Albertson’s 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 Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The ground beef was packaged in various sizes and produced on July 24. The packages bear the Albertson’s 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 O’K. 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, Albertson’s 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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