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October 18, 2000

Nebraska Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products

Omaha, NE (SafetyAlerts) - Skylark Meats, Inc., an ., firm, also doing business as Mid America Refrigeration, is voluntarily recalling approximately 47,000 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced last night.

The ground beef products being recalled are:

  • Boxes of LAURA'S LEAN BEEF with a label that bears "96/LEAN" with the case code "000200." The box contains six 8-pound packages, labeled "96 LLB GROUND ROUND."

  • Boxes of LAURA'S LEAN BEEF with a label that bears "92/LEAN" with the case code "000100." The box contains six 10-pound packages labeled "92/8LLB GROUND BEEF."

Each box and package is labeled with establishment number 4215 and a sell by date of Sept. 29.

The ground beef was packed on Sept. 14 and distributed to wholesale establishments in Arizona, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

The problem was discovered through an FSIS traceback of an E. coli 0157:H7 positive sample taken from a Raleigh, N.C., supermarket reported two weeks ago.

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.

FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Vince DeGrado, corporate quality assurance manager, Skylark Meats, Inc., at (402) 592-0300.

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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