May 24, 2000A. Thomas Food Service Recalls
Ground Beef Served in Restaurants
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 companys date of
Consumers may wish to ask at the restaurants where
they buy meals containing ground beef if the restaurant received any of the recalled
"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
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,
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