July 29, 2000Stop & Shop Recalls Ground
MA (SafetyAlerts) - The Stop &
Shop Supermarket Company is voluntarily recalling allblends of its store made fresh ground
beef and patties sold to customers between July 14, 2000 and July 25, 2000, from stores in
Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island, after learning that the product may
be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7. Laboratory tests by the United States Department of
Agriculture confirmed the presence of the bacteria during random sampling of one of Stop
& Shop's ground beef suppliers. No contaminated product has been found at any Stop
& Shop store.
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.
Because of the potential hazard of
foodborne disease, any customer who purchased the product between July 14, 2000 and July
25, 2000, and has a portion of it remaining, should remove it from the freezer and return
it to the store for a full refund. Customers with questions may call Stop & Shop's
Consumer Relations Department at 1-800-767-7772.
As a precautionary measure, Stop & Shop removed the product from its shelves on July
25, 2000, after notification from its supplier about the unconfirmed presence of E. coli
0157:H7. Over the past three years, random beef sampling at Stop & Shop stores by the
United States Department of Agriculture has produced negative results for E. coli 0157:H7.
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers July 29, 2000.
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