April 22, 2001Sack & Save Recalls Small
Quantity of Ground Beef
MS (SafetyAlerts) - Sack & Save,
a retail store at 1770 Ellis Ave., Jackson, Miss., is voluntarily recalling
approximately 80 lbs. of ground beef for possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7, the
U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said
The ground beef being recalled was produced on April 11 and has a sell by date of April
12. The product is packaged in various sizes.
"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness from consumption of meat
products contaminated with harmful pathogens, we urge consumers who have purchased the
suspect product not to eat it and return it to the place of purchase," said Thomas J.
Billy, FSIS administrator.
The E. coli O157:H7 contamination was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological
sampling. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this
product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
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.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Mickey Clerc, director of
public relations for Sack & Save, at (904) 783-5409.
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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