December 6, 2000Save-A-Lot Recalls Ground Beef
Louis, MO (SafetyAlerts) -
Save-A-Lot Food Stores announced today that it has removed fresh ground beef from its
company-owned stores in connection with a voluntary recall of ground
beef initiated by American Food Groups, Inc. (AFG), a wholesale meat supplier based in
Green Bay, Wis. Save-A-Lot has advised its licensees to do the same.
Save-A-Lot Food Stores operates nearly 900 stores in 36 states, stated it is taking the
step as a precautionary action after the Minnesota Department of Health linked 22 cases of
illness to E. coli bacteria in ground beef purchased in Minnesota.
Save-A-Lot is not aware of any
illnesses associated with ground beef sold at its stores, nor does the company have stores
For product safety and customer satisfaction, Save-A-Lot will offer full cash refunds to
customers who return any ground beef that was purchased at Save-A-Lot from Nov. 1, 2000,
to Dec. 4, 2000. To this end, the company is asking customers to check their freezers or
refrigerators for any ground beef purchased from Save-A-Lot during that time frame.
The company stated in its press release it has progressive programs in place to help
ensure the quality and safety of meat products sold in its stores. Nonetheless, AFG's recall provides another
reminder to consumers to practice safe handling, storage and cooking of ground beef as the
best protection against food-borne illness.
Experts agree that ground beef is free of harmful bacteria once it has been cooked to 160
degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, consumers should keep cooked meat separate from unwashed
plates or counters that held raw meat and remember to wash their hands thoroughly before
and after handling raw foods.
Save-A-Lot is providing a 24-hour, toll free number to customers who may have concerns or
questions about this voluntary recall. The phone number is 877-278-6454.
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