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April 23, 2001

IBP-Lakeside Packers Recalls Ground Beef

Alberta, 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 Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

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 Canada.

"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-Lakeside’s 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 IBP’s 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.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers April 23, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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