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August 22, 2001

Colorado Safeway Store Recalls Small Quantity of Ground Beef

Federal Heights, CO (SafetyAlerts) - Safeway #1635, a retail store at 10300 Federal Blvd., Federal Heights, Colo., is voluntarily recalling approximately 150 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The ground beef products being recalled are:

"90% LEAN GROUND BEEF 10% FAT," and

The products were sold on Aug. 15 and 16. The products are packed in approximately 1 lb. packages and are labeled "Sell By 08/16/01."

"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 J. 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 and media with questions may contact Jeff Stroh, Safeway public affairs director, at (303) 843-7671.

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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