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June 13, 2000

Del Gould Meats Recalls Ground Beef Sold in Restaurants, Bars and Cafes

Lincoln, NE (SafetyAlerts) - Del Gould Meats, Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 7,160 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall are Del Gould brand "GROUND BEEF PATTIES," "BEEF PATTY MIX," and "GROUND BEEF" packaged in 10 to 60 pound random weight boxes. The box labels bear production dates of "060200," "060500," or "060600," and "EST. 5553" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The ground beef products were produced on June 2, 5, and 6, and distributed to restaurants, bars, and cafes in southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa.

Consumers may wish to ask at the restaurants where they buy meals containing ground beef if the establishment received any of the recalled product.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall,"said Thomas J. Billy, 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."

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS monitoring.

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 and media with questions about the recall may contact Larry Feerhusen, president of Del Gould Meats, Inc., at 1-800-442-3520.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers June 13, 2000.

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