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May 24, 2000

A. Thomas Food Service Recalls Ground Beef Served in Restaurants

Louisville, KY (SafetyAlerts) - A. Thomas Food Service is voluntarily recalling approximately 300 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.  The FSIS has classified this as a Class I recall.

The ground beef was produced May 17 and distributed to restaurants in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana.

Five and ten pound bags of ground beef were shipped in boxes labeled with the establishment number 7914 inside the USDA mark of inspection. The boxes were also labeled with the product name, Thomas Brand of (80/20) Fresh Ground Beef and the code "1380," which reflects the company’s date of production.

Consumers may wish to ask at the restaurants where they buy meals containing ground beef if the restaurant received any of the recalled product.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Margaret O'K. Glavin, acting administrator of FSIS. "This is an opportunity to remind consumers to always follow the safe handling instructions required on all raw meat and poultry products and cook ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F."

The problem was discovered through FSIS routine testing.

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 with questions about the recall may contact Gayle Hobbs in Customer Service at A. Thomas Food Service, tel. (502) 253-2000.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers May 24, 2000.

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