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May 17, 2000

E. coli Prompts Recall of 28,000 Pounds of "BUBBA Burger" Ground Beef

Elberton, GA (SafetyAlerts) - Eaves Food Incorporated is voluntarily recalling approximately 28,860 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 produced on May 10, and distributed to grocery stores in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The products subject to recall are "BUBBA burger" brand 1/3 pound burgers in two-pound and four-pound packages and "BUBBA burger" 1/3 pound burgers with Vidalia onion in two-pound packages. All packages labeled with a nine-digit code number beginning with "131" are being recalled. The package labels also bear "EST.19292" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of underprocessed meat products contaminated with pathogens such as the E. coli O157:H7 bacteria, I urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and return it to the place of purchase," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator. "USDA is informing the public so consumers who may have purchased and stored the product in their freezers can know to check."

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 Eric Eaves, Eaves Food, at (706) 283-2763.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers May 17, 2000.

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