July 5, 2000
Updated July 6, 2000Michigan Firm Recalls 11,000 Pounds of
MI (SafetyAlerts) - Bert
HazeKamp & Son, Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 11,000 pounds of ground
beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of
Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The ground beef products being
recalled are one and two pound packages of "D&W HAMBURGER," "D&W
GROUND BEEF," " D&W GROUND ROUND," and "D&W GROUND
SIRLOIN." Each package has a code of "181," and bears the establishment
number "10017" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The ground beef was produced on June
29 and distributed to retail establishments in the following counties in Michigan: Kent,
Ottawa, Muskegon, Van Buren, Berrien, Kalamazoo, and Newaygo. Update - 6 new
counties added: Barry, Washtenaw, Allegan, Antrim, Emmett, and Chippewa.
"Because of the potential hazard
of foodborne illness from consumption of 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 refrigerators or freezers can know to check."
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.
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 Terry Alman, customer service
representative, at (231) 773-6425. Media with questions may contact Tim Womdergen at (616)
235-7467, x 108.
Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday
through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers July 5, 2000.
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