November 21, 2000California Grocery Recalls
Angeles, CA (SafetyAlerts) - La
Villa Latina Market, a retail store at 4100 South Broadway said today it is recalling all
ground beef produced before November 20, 2000. The U.S. Department of Agricultures
Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today the meat may be contaminated with E.
coli 0157:H7, and was produced under unsanitary conditions,
The ground beef was packaged in various sizes according to customer request. Store labels
on the packages may vary, however all ground beef from this establishment produced prior
to Nov. 20 is subject to recall.
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of meat
products contaminated with harmful pathogens, we urge consumers who have purchased the
suspect product not to eat it and return it to the place of purchase," said Ronald
Hicks, acting FSIS administrator.
E. coli 0157:H7 contamination was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling
on product produced on November 15. However, a follow-up inspection by the County of Los
Angeles revealed unsanitary conditions at the store leading to a recall of all ground beef
from La Villa Latina Market.
E. coli 0l57: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 and media with questions about the recall may contact Jose Marias, store
manager, La Villa Latina Market, at (323) 234-5079.
Further inquiries regarding the recall or unsanitary conditions at the store should be
directed to Ken August, deputy director of public affairs, California Department of Health
Services, at (916) 657-3064.
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 10a.m. to 4p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday
through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
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