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February 17, 2000

Contaminated 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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