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010848 Georgia Ag Tracks Second Batch Recalled Beef

August 31, 2001

Atlanta, GA - For the second time this week, Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is asking the state's consumers to check their freezers for ground beef possibly contaminated with E. coli.

“We're working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the company in determining where in Georgia the recalled ground beef products were shipped,” Commissioner Irvin said.

“FSIS found the E. coli in a sampling from a batch produced at an IBP plant in Dakota City, Nebraska on August 7th,” Commissioner Irvin said. “All of the ground beef packaged for retail sale was marked with a sell by date of August 25th, and we recommend that consumers check the packages of ground beef they may have purchased for the identifying sell by date.”

Commissioner Irvin stressed that the company is voluntarily recalling all of the approximately 500,000 pounds produced at the plant on August 7, 2001 and distributed nationwide to retail and wholesale establishments and institutions.

“Return any ground beef that has the exact markings to the place of purchase for a refund,” Commissioner Irvin said.

The retail products consumers should check in their freezers have the following dates and identifying codes:

-- Five-pound tubes of "100% PURE GROUND BEEF 80/20" marked with establishment number "EST.245C" and labeled "SELL/FREEZE BY AUG25A" or "SELL/FREEZE BY AUG25B"

-- Five-pound tubes of "Ground Beef 27% FAT" marked with establishment number "EST.245C" and labeled "SELL/FREEZE BY AUG25A" or "SELL/FREEZE BY AUG25B".


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