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October 12, 1999

Foods Plus Store in Indiana Recalls Contaminated Ground Beef

Columbus, IN (SafetyAlerts) - The Foods Plus Store located at 1343 N. National Road in Columbus, IN is recalling 550 pounds of their regular Ground Beef in response to a positive E. coli O157:H7 test.

A sample of the ground beef, collected by the USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) during routine monitoring was found to be contaminated with E. Coli.

The recalled ground beef is marked with the "Sell by" Aug 2 date.  Consumers are urged to check their freezers for packages of this meat.  The recalled beef should not be consumed but should be returned to the store or disposed of.

Escherichia coli O157:H7 is an emerging cause of foodborne illness. An estimated 10,000 to 20,000 cases of infection occur in the United States each year. Infection often leads to bloody diarrhea, and occasionally to kidney failure.

Questions concerning this recall may be directed to David Belcher, Store Manager at (812) 476-4158, 4159.

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