May 29, 2001Illinois Store Recalls Ground
IL (SafetyAlerts) -
Jewel-Osco, operating as Jewel Store #2777, a retail store at 2777 South 6th St.,
Springfield, Ill., is voluntarily recalling approximately 370 pounds of fresh ground beef
that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 according to a press release issued by the
U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The ground beef was produced on May 23 and packaged in various sizes. Each package is
marked "Jewel Store # 2777" and "Sell By 05/24/01."
The ground beef products subject to recall are:
- "GROUND BEEF NOT LESS THAN 75% LN,"
- "GROUND CHUCK NOT LESS THAN 80% LN,"
- "GROUND ROUND NOT LESS THN 85% LN,"
- "GROUND SIRLOIN NOT LS THN 95% LN."
"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. "FSIS 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 through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.
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.
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.
Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Jewel-Oscos Customer Service
Line at (800) 539-3561. Media with questions may contact Karen Ramos, Director of Public
Affairs, at (847) 916-4394.
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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