December 26, 2000Michigan Store Recalls Ground
Rapids, MI (SafetyAlerts) - Big Top
Market, a retail store at 3630 Clyde Park Avenue, SW, said today it is voluntarily
recalling approximately 200 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
The ground beef was produced on December 19 for sale at Big Top Market and sold from bulk
product in the display case. The packages are marked "Packed on DEC 19"
and "Sell by DEC 22."
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of meat
products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7, I urge consumers who
have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and return it to the place of
purchase," said Margaret Glavin, FSIS acting 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."
The problem was discovered from a sample collected by FSIS as part of a routine
microbiological monitoring program.
E. coli O157: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 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 the Big Top Market Store
Director, at (616) 534-9671, or Dr. John Tilden at the Michigan Department of Agriculture,
at (517) 373-1060.
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.
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