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From the information provided by USDA, the recalled products were distributed in the State of Indiana. The recalled products were distributed through retail establishments nationwide. Specific store distribution information is not available at this time. Consumers should contact their retailers to ask if they received the recalled product. Please conduct effectiveness checks during your routine visits and phone calls may be made to establishments to increase awareness of this recall in your jurisdiction. Additional information will be provided when available. In addition, if any recalled product is found, please notify Dan Gala at this office at 317-233-7360.
CLASS I RECALL
HEALTH RISK: HIGH
Congressional and Public Affairs
Amanda Eamich (202) 720-9113
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2007 - American Foods Group, LLC, a Green Bay, Wisc., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 95,927 pounds of various coarse and fine ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The following products are subject to recall:
Each shipping label bears the establishment number "Est. 18076" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The products subject to recall were distributed for further processing and repackaging and will not bear the recalling firm's establishment number on the package. As the use-by date for products subject to this recall may have expired, consumers can contact their retailers to ask if they received any of these products and if so, consumers are urged to look in their freezers for these products and return or discard them if found.
The ground beef products subject to recall were produced on Oct. 10, 2007, and were distributed to retail establishments and distributors in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Virginia.
The problem was discovered through an investigation into two illnesses that was initiated by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company Executive Assistant Sally VanderHei at (800) 829-2838. National media with questions about the recall should contact company Communications Consultant Jim Mulhern at (703) 553-8000. Local media with questions about the recall should contact company representative Susan Finco at (920) 965-7750.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.