Contact: Food Safety and Inspection Service Katrine Pritchard or Caryn Long

Office of Congressional and Public Affairs (202) 720-9113

Lori O. Willis Director of Communications Schnuck Markets Inc. (314) 994-4602

August 30, 2001

Schnucks Notifies Customers of USDA Ground Beef Recall

Recall Affects Schnucks and Logli Stores

ST. LOUIS - Schnuck Markets, Inc., has notified customers of an IBP, Inc., voluntary recall of potentially contaminated ground beef. Schnucks and Logli customers should check their freezers for all ground beef with "SELL BY dates ranging from Aug. 12 to Aug. 26." Any remaining product bearing those dates may be returned to any Schnucks or Logli store for a full refund.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall. However, the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service has determined that ground beef bearing these "sell by" dates and shipped by IBP Inc., Dakota City, Neb., would have been a part of the 500,000 pounds that may have been contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7. E. coli is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration particularly in very young or elderly consumers.

Schnucks received 157 cases (9,420 pounds) of the recalled beef but as an added precaution against potential cross contamination, Schnucks expanded it recall to all ground beef processed during that time and bearing "SELL BY" dates from Aug. 12 to Aug. 26.

Based on the process date, federal officials agree there is little chance that any consumer has fresh product on hand at this time. Safe handling procedures in the home and cooking to the proper temperature would have destroyed this bacteria and eliminated much of the risk of illness. However, any of this ground beef remaining in freezers should be returned.

IBP shipped the ground beef to 36 states and the District of Columbia. IBP oversees bulk shipments of ground beef to retail establishments, wholesale establishments and institutions nationwide. Customers with questions may directly contact IBP, Inc., through its Recall Hotline at 1-877-388-5184. The USDA's Food and Safety Inspection Service can be reached at 1-800-535-4555.

During regular business hours (Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Schnucks' Office of Consumer Affairs can be reached in St. Louis at 314-994-4400 or toll-free at 1-800-264-4400.

Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 91 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.

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