March 20, 2001Prime Foods Inc. Recalls 20 Lb
Packages of Ground Beef
GA (SafetyAlerts) - Prime Foods Inc.
is voluntarily recalling approximately 8,100 pounds of ground beef that may be
contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of
Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The ground beef being recalled is in 20 lb.
packages labeled "ATL FOODS INC. GROUND BEEF." Each package has a packaging date
of either "072" or "MARCH 13 01" and bears the establishment number
"EST. 9122" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The ground beef was produced on March 13 and 14.
One hundred pounds of product were distributed to the wholesale level in Acworth, Ga.
Eight thousand additional pounds of product, that are not destined for distribution or
sale, are being held at a wholesale establishment in Nashville, Tenn.
"Because of the potential for foodborne
illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Tom Billy, FSIS
administrator. "Purchasers or consumers of ground beef may wish to ask restaurants or
places where they consume ground beef if the product or meal contains the recalled
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS
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.
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 about the
recall may contact Teresa B. Wade, Prime Foods Inc. Office Manager, at (770) 386-3773.
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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