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June 25, 2001

190,000 Pounds of Ground Beef And Ground Pork Recalled

Newnan, GA (SafetyAlerts) - Excel Corporation is voluntarily recalling approximately 190,000 pounds of fresh ground beef and fresh ground pork that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

All products being recalled were produced on May 23 and 24 and were packaged in various sizes. These products were distributed to Kroger stores in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky (Bowling Green, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Powderly areas), South Carolina, and Tennessee (Knoxville and Nashville areas).

Each package label bears a production date code of "01.05.23" or "01.05.24," corresponding to a sell by date code of "01.06.01" or "01.06.02." Additionally, each product label bears the establishment number "86G" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The products subject to recall include:

  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF 93% LEAN,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF CHUCK,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF CHUCK FAMILY PACK,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF CHUCK PATTIES,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF CHUCK PATTIES FAMILY PACK,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF FAMILY PACK,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF PATTIES,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF PATTIES FAMILY PACK,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF ROUND,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF ROUND FAMILY PACK,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF ROUND PATTIES,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF ROUND PATTIES FAMILY PACK,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF ROUND THICK PATTIES,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF SIRLOIN,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF SIRLOIN PATTIES,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF THICK PATTIES,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF THICK-CHUCK PATTIES,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND BEEF THICK-SIRLOIN PATTIES,"
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND CHUCK PATTIES THICK," and
  • "Kroger FRESH GROUND PORK."

"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 when officials in Georgia contacted FSIS about suspected illnesses associated with this product. FSIS’s samples of the product tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. A link between the illnesses and the product has not been established at this time.

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.

Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Kroger Consumer/Customer Service at (800) 632-6900. Media with questions may contact Mark Klein, Excel’s director of communications, at (770) 252-5199.

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 June 25, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

 
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