August 22, 2001Colorado Safeway Store Recalls
Small Quantity of Ground Beef
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.
The ground beef products being recalled are:
"73% LEAN GROUND BEEF 27% FAT,"
"80% LEAN GR BEEF MKT 20% FAT,"
"90% LEAN GROUND BEEF 10% FAT," and
"93% LEAN GROUND BEEF 7% FAT."
The products were sold on Aug. 15 and
16. The products are packed in approximately 1 lb. packages and are labeled "Sell By
"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.