Anchorage company recalls ground beef

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorge meat processing company has voluntarily recalled about 800 pounds of ground beef that may be contamined with E. coli.

The beef was processed by C & J Tender Meats. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the problem was discovered during routine sampling and there have been no reports of illness linked to the meat.

Most of the meat was sold to stores in rural Alaska villages, said Mary Jones, one of the owners of C & J.

''That's who we do a lot of business with,'' Jones said. All of the stores that purchased the meat have bee notified of the recall, she said.

The products being recalled are 1- to 2-pound packages of ground beef with a packing date of July 18. The packages bear the code EST.20899 inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is urging those who may have bought the meat to return it to the store where it was purchased.

E-coli is a potentially deadly pathogen that can cause diarrhea and dehydration. The elderly, very young children and those with compromised immune systems are most susceptible to foodborne illnesses.

Jones said the meat hasn't been linked to an outbreak of the E. coli bacterial infection on the Kenai Peninsula earlier this month. That outbreak, which sickened up to 10 people, was traced to the Mad Moose Cafe in Sterling.

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