August 13, 2001Arkansas Firm Recalls Small
Quantity of Ground Beef
AR (SafetyAlerts) - Benton Packing
Co. Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 40 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be
contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety
and Inspection Service announced today.
The products subject to this Class I recall is packaged in a
40-pound box, containing four 10-pound bags, labeled "GROUND BEEF." The box
bears the establishment number "EST. 10629" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The ground beef was produced on Aug. 7 and distributed to a restaurant in Benton, Ark.
"Consumers may wish to ask at restaurants where they consume ground beef if the
product or meal contains the recalled product," said Thomas Billy, FSIS
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 and media with questions about the recall may contact Arthur Green, company
owner, at (501) 315-9700.
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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