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August 27, 2001

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Large Quantity of Ground Beef Nationwide

Green Bay, WI (SafetyAlerts) - American Foods Group, is voluntarily recalling approximately 530,000 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The ground beef products being recalled were produced on Aug. 2 and distributed to retail establishments, wholesale establishments, and institutions nationwide.

The retail products identifiable to consumers are:

5-pound tubes of "PURE GROUND BEEF" marked with establishment number "EST. 410" and labeled "SELL BY AUG/19/01." This product was distributed to retail establishments in South Carolina.
3- and 5-pound tubes of "KROGER GROUND BEEF," "KROGER GROUND CHUCK," and "KROGER GROUND ROUND" marked with establishment number "EST. 410" and labeled "SELL BY AUG/19/01." These products were distributed to retail establishments in: Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia.
The following products were distributed to wholesale establishments:

These products are packaged in 10-pound tubes marked with establishment number "EST. 410" and labeled "SELL BY DATE 08/19/01." The tubes are packaged in 4-, 6-, and 8-count cases. The cases are marked with the sell by date and one of the following case codes: "17000," "30000," "30200," "30400," "31300," "31900," "13800," "14000," "14300," "16600," "48500," "16900," "22400," "22500," "22800," "24000," "24100," "41300," "12000," "16400," "20300," "20400," "20500," "20600," "20700," and "20800."

The following product was distributed to institutions:

10-pound tubes of "GROUND BEEF FINE GROUND" marked with establishment number "EST. 410." The tubes are packaged in 2-, 4-, and 8-count cases. The cases are labeled "SELL BY DATE 08/19/01" and marked with one of the following case codes: "09393," "82059," "60931," and "08217."

"Because of the potential hazard of foodborne illness, I urge consumers who have purchased these products not to eat them and to return them to the place of purchase," said Margaret O?K. Glavin, FSIS associate 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 through follow-up sampling as a result of a retail recall on Aug. 13 (FSIS-RTR-01-006).

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 Sally Vande Hei, American Foods Group executive assistant, at (877) 894-3927. National media with questions may contact Jim Mulhern, a representative of Fleishman-Hillard, at (202) 828-8847. Local media with questions may contact Susan Finco, a representative of Leonard & Finco, at (920) 496-3130.

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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