FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Ground Beef

Dec 29, 2007
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and
Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert
for approximately 14,800 pounds of ground beef products
that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, that were
produced by Texas American Food Service Corporation, a Fort
Worth, Texas, establishment doing business as American
Fresh Foods. This public health alert was initiated after a
trailer containing the products was reported stolen by the
company.
The consumer products subject to this public health alert
include:
•   2-pound approximate weight packages of "73/27 GROUND
BEEF" bearing a sell-by date of "12.30.07"
•   2-pound approximate weight packages of "80/20 GROUND BEEF
CHUCK" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07"
•   1-pound approximate weight packages of "85/15 GROUND BEEF
ROUND" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07"
•   1-pound approximate weight packages of "90/10 GROUND BEEF
SIRLOIN" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07"
•   1-pound approximate weight packages of "96/04 EXTRA LEAN
GROUND BEEF, 4% FAT" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07"

Each package label bears the establishment number "EST.
13116" inside the USDA mark of inspection and the company
name "American Fresh Foods, Ft. Worth, TX 76102" below the
nutrition information. Each package has a net weight of
approximately 1 to 2 pounds.

Bulk product also subject to this health alert include:
•   40-pound "net wt." box of "73/27 100% GROUND BEEF; REWORK
MAP"
•   260-pound "net wt." combo bin of " CHUCK 100% GROUND
BEEF; REWORK MAP"
•   370-pound "net wt." combo bin of "SIRLOIN 100% GROUND
BEEF; REWORK"


Each bulk product label bears the establishment number
"EST. 13116" inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as
a date of "12-19-07" with the production information filled
in by hand.

The consumer and bulk ground beef products were produced on
Dec. 19, 2007.

Consumers should check for these products in their homes
and should NOT eat these products. Immediately contact the
company if unopened packages are found and do NOT throw
them away intact. Opened packages should be destroyed and
immediately reported to the company at the number below.

Consumers and media with questions about the public health
alert should contact the company's consumer toll-free
hotline at 1-800-724-1136, beginning Friday, Dec. 28 at 9
a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

E. coli O157:H7 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. No illnesses have
been reported. Anyone concerned about illness should
contact a physician.

Source: USDA December 27, 2007