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March 20, 2001

Prime Foods Inc. Recalls 20 Lb Packages of Ground Beef

Cartersville, 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 Agriculture’s 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 product."

The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.

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.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers March 20, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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