Aug 9, 2000IBP Recalls 36 Tons of Ground
Alberta (SafetyAlerts) - IBP, Inc.,
is voluntarily recalling approximately 73,800 pounds of ground beef and ground beef chuck
distributed in the United States from Lakeside Packers, an IBP subsidiary in Canada. The
product may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced.
All ground beef and ground beef chuck being recalled in the United States is packed in 10
pound chubs with eight chubs per shipping case. Each shipping case bears the code
"Pack Date 19JUL2000" and "EST. 38" on the end panel. The chubs under
recall are marked with a code of 003800201, followed by five other characters.
The imported ground beef and ground beef chuck was produced on July 19 in Canada and sent
to distributors and wholesalers in Illinois, Washington, Florida, and Kansas.
Consumers may wish to ask at the location where they buy ground beef and ground beef chuck
if the establishment 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 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 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.
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers August 9, 2000.
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