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November 21, 2000

California Grocery Recalls Ground Beef

Los 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 Agriculture’s 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.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers November 21, 2000.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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