May 17, 2000E. coli Prompts Recall of 28,000
Pounds of "BUBBA Burger" Ground Beef
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
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
"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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