April 23, 2001IBP-Lakeside Packers Recalls
Canada (SafetyAlerts) - IBP-Lakeside
Packers, an Alberta, Canada firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 204,000 pounds of
ground beef products distributed in the United States that may be contaminated with E.
coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service
All ground beef products being recalled in the United States are packaged in generic 10
lb. chubs. These chubs are packed in cartons marked with the "Lakeside Packers"
emblem and bearing the Canada #38 plant identification number on the box end panels. Each
carton bears an identifying code of "Pack Date 01MAR2001" and one of the
following product code numbers: "L0311BH" or "L0231BH".
Consumers may wish to ask at the location where they buy ground beef if the establishment
received any of the recalled product.
The ground beef was produced on Mar. 1 and sent to wholesale distributors in
California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia, as well as wholesale and retail distributors in
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of meat
products contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7, we want consumers to
be aware of the recall," said Thomas J. Billy, FSIS administrator. "This is an
opportunity to remind consumers to always follow the safe handling instructions required
on all raw meat and poultry products and cook ground beef to an internal temperature of
160 degrees F."
IBP-Lakeside Packers notified FSIS that they had initiated the recall after a sample of
ground beef tested by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) from a retail store in
Saskatchewan was found to contain E. coli O157:H7. The company reported that CFIA
officials have been investigating E. coli O157:H7 related illnesses in Saskatchewan, and
suggested there may be a link to IBP-Lakesides Mar. 1 production.
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses in the United States associated with consumption
of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
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.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact IBPs toll-free customer
service response number at (888) 299-5529.
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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