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June 14, 2000

196,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled

Green Bay, WI (SafetyAlerts) - Packerland Packing Co., Inc., a Green Bay, Wis., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 196,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

All ground beef products being recalled were shipped in boxes bearing "EST. 562-B" inside the USDA seal of inspection and the production date of "05/23/00." All boxes bear brand names of either "SYSCO Ground Beef" or "Packerland Ground Beef."

The recalled products were produced on May 23, and sent to distributors and wholesalers in New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, New Hampshire, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania.

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 an FSIS traceback of an E. coli O157:H7 positive sample from a Bronx, N.Y., establishment reported last week.

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.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Steven W. Van Lannen, vice-president of technical services at Packerland Packing, Inc., at (920) 468-2133.

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.  

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers June 14, 2000.

 
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