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December 6, 2000

Save-A-Lot Recalls Ground Beef

St. 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 in Minnesota.

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.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers December 6, 2000.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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