March 15, 2001Minnesota Firm Recalls Small
Quantity of Ground Beef
MN (SafetyAlerts) - Kennys
Markets is voluntarily recalling approximately 90 pounds of frozen ground beef that may be
contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety
and Inspection Service announced today.
The ground beef being recalled is wrapped in approximately 1- pound packages and marked
with a "Kennys Food Market" label. Each package has a packaging date of
"03-08-2001"and bears the establishment number "EST. 8978" inside the
USDA seal of inspection.
The ground beef was produced on March 8 and distributed at Kennys Market.
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of meat
products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7, I urge consumers who
have purchased the suspect product not to eat it and return it to the place of
purchase,"said Thomas Billy, FSIS administrator. "USDA is informing the public
so consumers who may have purchased and stored the product in their refrigerators or
freezers can know to check."
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.
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 and media with questions may contact David Petty, manager of Kennys Food
Markets, at (612) 866-6819.
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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