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November 22, 2000

Texas Firm Recalls Ground Beef Patties

Mercedes, TX (SafetyAlerts) - H & H Meat Products Co. Inc., also doing business as H & H Foods, has announced it is recalling approximately 58,000 pounds of ground beef patties that may be contaminated with E. coli 0157H7, according to a statement issued by the US. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The products subject to recall are "HAMBURGER PATTIES 100% GROUND BEEF" in 35 lb. boxes. Each box has a label that reads "PACKED ON: 11/14/00" and "EXP. DATE: 03/14/01." The box bears the establishment number "EST. 7259A" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The ground beef was produced on Nov. 14 and distributed via a wholesale establishment to restaurants in Texas.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Ronald Hicks, acting FSIS administrator. "Purchasers or consumers of ground beef may wish to ask restaurants if the meal contains the recalled ground beef."

The problem was discovered through USDA testing.

E. coli 0157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most succeptible 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 or media with questions about the recall may contact Jennifer Barractato, Full & Knowlton Public Relations, at (800) 637-7259.

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 lOam, to 4p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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