Safeway Recalls E.coli Tainted Meat

Safeway store in Rodeo recalls ground beef

Monday, March 25, 2002
C2002 Associated Press

A Safeway store is recalling ground beef that may be contaminated with
E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.

Safeway is voluntarily recalling about 180 pounds of fresh ground beef
supplied by the Fresno Meat Company sold on March 20 or 21 at the store
located at 605 Parker in Rodeo.

The product was sold in white foam trays in weights ranging from one to
five pounds.

E. coli is a potentially deadly bacteria. The very young, the elderly
and those with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible.

The USDA has had no reports of illness.

USDA officials notified the California Department of Health Services and
the Contra Costa County Health Department Monday that a random sample of
ground beef taken from the Rodeo Safeway location had tested positive
for an E. coli pathogen.

The federal department routinely collects samples of ground beef from
randomly selected retail stores throughout the country.

Consumers should check their refrigerators and freezers and return the
meat to the store for a full refund. Safeway said in a statement it will
refund customers who return the products with proof that they got it at
the Rodeo store.

Safeway estimates that approximately 90 packages of the beef were sold.
Consumers who believe they might have purchased the possibly tainted
beef should contact the store directly.

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