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June 25, 2000

IBP-Lakeside Packers Recalls 4,600 10-Pound Chubs of Ground Beef

Alberta, Canada (SafetyAlerts) - IBP-Lakeside Packers is voluntarily recalling approximately 46,000 pounds of ground beef products distributed in the United States 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 information in this notice is based on new information received since the June 23 alert issued with respect to similar product.

All ground beef products being recalled from the United States are packed in 10 pound chubs with eight chubs per shipping case, with the following Box End Codes on the shipping case:

Production Date: May 31, 2000
Box end codes:
Clear package code: 003800152A (or B) C44 (or 50)
75 GRD BEEF or 73 GRD BEEF or 88 GRD BEEF or

The recalled products were sent to distributors and wholesalers in Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee, and Canada.  The following retailers and distributors may have received affected product:

IGA/Garden Market/Square Market
Amga Poultry & Meat Company Inc.
B & C Meats
Boryskis Butcher Block
Calahoo Meats
Cash & Carry, Edmonton
Conestoga Cold Storage
Evercold Storage
Gonard Foods
Lighthouse Distribution
Medicine Hat Wholesale
Meis Wholesale Meats, USA
Merchants Cold Storage, USA
Mike*s Meats
Nashville Wholesale Meats
National Grocers
Overwaitea Foods
Scott National
Toledo Food Services
Western Grocers

Consumers may wish to ask at the location where they buy ground beef 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 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 laboratory tests conducted by a customer of the Canadian firm and reported to the Canadian Office of Food Safety, which notified FSIS.

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.

Customers with questions about the recall may contact: Gary Mickelson at 877-388-5184.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers June 25, 2000.

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