July 11, 2001Springfield Store Recalls 350
Pounds of Ground Beef
DC - A Jewel-Osco retail store, operating as Jewel Store #2777, at 2777 South 6th St.,
Springfield, Ill., is voluntarily recalling approximately 350 pounds of fresh ground beef
that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of
Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The ground beef products being recalled were produced on July 5 and packaged in various
sizes. Each package is marked "Jewel Store # 2777" and bears a sell by
date of "07/06/01."
The ground beef products subject to recall are labeled as follows:
- GROUND BEEF NOT LESS THAN 75% LN
- +3 LBS GRD BF NOT LESS THAN 75% LN
- GROUND CHUCK NOT LESS THAN 80% LN
- +3 LBS GRD CHK NOT LS THN 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 Margaret OK. Glavin,
acting 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
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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