June 23, 2000IBP Recalls 265,000
Pounds of Ground Beef
IL (SafetyAlerts) - IBP
is voluntarily recalling approximately 266,000 pounds of ground beef that may be
contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety
and Inspection Service announced today.
The products subject to recall are five and 10-pound packages of ground beef produced on
May 13. The ground beef was distributed to wholesalers, distributors, and grocery stores
in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine,
Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio,
Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Ground beef distributed to wholesalers bears pack date "05/13/00" and code
"245J00134" on the box. The packages inside the box bear a three-line code of:
"EST 245J" on line one; "134 00" followed by "A" or
"B" on line two; and one of the following descriptions on line three: "#81
CHUCK," "#81 GR BEEF," "#73 GR BEEF," "SIRLOIN,"
"#75 GR BEEF," "#93 GR BEEF," or "#86 ROUND."
Five-pound packages distributed to retail stores in these states for further processing
bear code "D0881BH" and have the following three-line code near the seam of the
package: "EST 245 J" on line one; "SELL/FREEZE BY"on line two, and
"MAY 31A"on line three.
Some ground beef has been repackaged at retail stores and no longer bears the identity of
the IBP plant. Consumers may wish to ask at the store where they buy ground beef if the
store received any of the recalled product.
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware
of the recall,"said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator. "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
The problem was discovered through samples collected by FSIS and the Arkansas Department
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. Anyone concerned about an illness should
contact a physician.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Gary Mickelson, media
relations manager, IBP, Inc., at 1-877-388-5184.
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; however, recorded messages are available 24 hours a day.
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers June 23, 2000.
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