August 1, 2001Rhode Island Stop & Shop
Recalls Ground Beef
RI (SafetyAlerts) - Stop & Shop
#725, a retail store at 333 West River St., Providence, R.I., is voluntarily recalling
approximately 300 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli
O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced
The ground beef products being recalled were produced on July 26 and were packaged in
various sizes. Each package bears the name "STOP & SHOP" and a sell by date
These products include:
"75% LEAN 25% FAT GROUND BEEF,"
"80% LEAN GROUND BEEF CHUCK,"
"85% LEAN 15% FAT CERTIFIED GROUND ROUND,"
"GROUND BEEF SIRLOIN 87% LEAN 13% FAT,"
"GROUND BEEF 90% LEAN 10% FAT," and
"GROUND BEEF 93% LEAN 7% FAT."
"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.
"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 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 Eileen Kuntz, Stop & Shop
consumer relations associate, at (800) 767-7772. Media with questions may contact Kelly
O'Connor, Stop & Shop manager of communications, at (617) 770-6037.
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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