February 17, 2000Contaminated Ground Beef from
Callaway Packing Sent to Restaurants and State Facility in Colorado
Delta, CO (SafetyAlerts) - Callaway Packing Inc.
is voluntarily recalling approximately 4,600 pounds of ground beef, ground beef patties,
beef patty mix, and beef cube steak that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
Ground beef and beef patty mix,
produced on February 10, were distributed to restaurants in Glenwood Springs, Montrose,
Delta, Rifle, Mesa, New Castle, and Durango, Colorado. The beef patties and
beef cube steak were distributed to a prison in Colorado.
The boxes of ground beef products
bear "EST. 688" within the USDA mark of inspection on the package label and lot
code 1101 on the box. 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."
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.
The problem was discovered through
FSIS routine testing. 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 David Dillie, Callaway Packing Inc., tel. (970) 874-9743.
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers February 17, 2000.
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