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August 30, 2001

Nebraska Firm Recalls Large Amount of Ground Beef

Dakota City, Neb. - (SafetyAlerts) -- Nebraska Firm is voluntarily recalling approximately 500,000 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The ground beef was produced on Aug. 7 and distributed to retail establishments, wholesale establishments, and institutions nationwide.

The retail products identifiable to consumers are:

5 lb. tubes of "100% PURE GROUND BEEF 80/20" marked with establishment number "EST. 245C" and labeled either "SELL/FREEZE BY AUG25A" or "SELL/FREEZE BY AUG25B" and 5 lb. tubes of "Ground Beef 27% FAT" marked with establishment number "EST. 245C" and labeled either "SELL/FREEZE BY AUG25A" or "SELL/FREEZE BY AUG25B."

The following products were distributed to wholesale establishments and institutions. The products are packaged in 10 lb. tubes marked with a 14-digit date code starting with "245C01219." The tubes are packed in cases marked with a 9-digit date code of "245C01219."

The wholesale and institutional products subject to recall are:

  • 6- count cases of "ROUND COURSE GROUND BEEF 85/15" with a case code of "D-0351-BHV,"

  • 6- count cases of "ROUND FINE GROUND BEEF 85/15" with a case code of "D-0791-BHV,"

  • 6- count cases of "ROUND COURSE GROUND BEEF 85/15" with a case code of "D-0356-BHV,"

  • 6- count cases of "CHUCK FINE GROUND BEEF 80/20" with a case code of "D-0386-BHV,"

  • 6- count cases of "CHUCK COURSE GROUND BEEF 80/20" with a case code of "D-0336-BHV,"

  • 6- count cases of "FINE GROUND BEEF 93/07" with a case code of "D-0811-BHV,"

  • 6- count cases of "COURSE GROUND BEEF 93/07" with a case code of "D-0821-BHV,"

  • 8- count cases of "CHUCK FINE GROUND BEEF 80/20" with a case code of "D-0381-BH,"

  • 8- count cases of "CHUCK FINE GROUND BEEF 80/20" with a case code of "D-0381-BHZ,"

  • 8- count cases of "CHUCK COURSE GROUND BEEF 80/20" with a case code of "D-0331-BH,"

  • 8- count cases of "FINE GROUND BEEF 73/27" with a case code of "D-0211-BH,"

  • 8- count cases of "COURSE GROUND BEEF 73/27" with a case code of "D-0311-BH,"

  • 8- count cases of "FINE GROUND BEEF 80/20" with a case code of "D-0231-BH," and

  • 8- count cases of "COURSE GROUND BEEF 80/20" with a case code of "D-0321-BH."


"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said Margaret O?K. Glavin, FSIS associate administrator. "Consumers may wish to ask at the location where they buy ground beef if the establishment received any of the recalled product. In addition, diners may wish to ask if meals made with ground beef contain the recalled product."

The problem was discovered through 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.

Consumers with questions can find answers 24 hours a day at www.lightlife.com or by calling 1-800-233-7022

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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