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October 28, 2000

Nebraska Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products

Omaha, NE (SafetyAlerts) - Omaha Steaks International, Inc. said late Friday it is voluntarily recalling approximately 22,000 pounds of frozen ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The ground beef products being recalled bear the establishment number "1198A" inside the USDA seal of inspection and a production code beginning with "07180" and ending with "21," "22," or "25." Products subject to recall are:

  • "GROUND BEEF BURGERS (OMAHA STEAKS BURGERS)" in 48 ozs. boxes of 12 burgers, 4 ozs. each. Each box is marked with item number "658."

  • "OMAHA STEAKS ANGUS GROUND BEEF CHUCK PATTIES" in 12.5 lb. boxes of 25 burgers, 8 oz. each. Each box is marked with item number "3611080."

  • "GROUND BEEF BURGERS (OMAHA STEAKS BURGERS)" in 24 ozs. boxes of 6 burgers, 4 ozs. each. Each box is marked with item number "1249."

  • "GROUND BEEF" in 50 lbs. boxes containing two 25 lb. bags. Each box is marked with item number "0710004."
    HORIZON brand "GROUND BEEF CHUCK PATTIES (ANGUS)" in 10 lb. boxes of 32 burgers, 5 oz. each. Each box is marked with item number "4011050."

The ground beef was produced on July 18 and distributed via mail order; door-to-door sales; retail establishments; the Internet; and institutional sales nationwide.

The problem was discovered when Connecticut officials contacted FSIS about suspected illnesses. FSIS's samples of the product tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. A link between the illnesses and the product has not been confirmed.

"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of meat products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7, I urge consumers who have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and return it to the place of purchase," said Thomas Billy, FSIS administrator. "USDA is informing the public so consumers and institutions who may have purchased and stored the product in their refrigerators or freezers can know to check."

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria 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.

Media with questions about the recall may contact Sharon Bargas, public relations manager, Omaha Steaks, at (402) 597-3000. Customers with questions may contact the toll-free Omaha Steaks product safety information line, at (877) 789-7117. The information line can be reached from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time) on Saturday, and 12 p.m. through 5 p.m. (Central Time) on Sunday. Information can also be found on the Omaha Steaks website at

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, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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