RECALL UPDATE

Lori O. WillisDir. of Communications, Schnuck Markets Inc. (314) 994-4602

August 31, 2001

Logli Stores NOT Affected by Recent USDA Ground Beef Recall

ST. LOUIS – None of the Logli stores, located in Rockford, Ill., received shipments of ground beef involved in the Aug. 29 voluntary recall by IBP, Inc. of Dakota City, Neb., according to representatives of Schnuck Markets, Inc.

Initial reports indicated ground beef shipments had been made to all stores operated by Schnucks, including the company’s four Logli stores. However, final information received Thursday evening showed Logli stores were not among the stores receiving the potentially contaminated ground beef.

Schnucks customers should check their freezers for all ground beef with “SELL BY dates of Aug. 12 – Aug. 26.” Any remaining product bearing those dates may be returned to any Schnucks store for a full refund.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service has determined that this particular batch, shipped by IBP Inc. was part of the 500,000 pounds that may have been contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7.

Schnucks received 157 cases (9,420 pounds) of the recalled beef. As an added precaution against potential cross-contamination, Schnucks expanded its recall to all ground beef processed during that time and showing the Aug. 12 – Aug. 26 “SELL BY” dates.

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 dated ground beef remaining in freezers may be returned.

IBP shipped the ground beef to 36 states and the District of Columbia. IBP oversees bulk shipments of ground beef to retail, wholesale and institutions nationwide. Customers with questions may call IBP, Inc. directly through its Recall Hotline

The USDA’s Food and Safety Inspection Service can be reached 1-800-535-4555.

During regular business hours (Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), customers may also call Schnucks' Office of Consumer Affairs. In St. Louis the number is 314-994-4400. Customers outside metro St. Louis may call toll-free at 1-800-264-4400.

A listing of the 27 Schnucks stores NOT affected in this recall, can be found on the Schnucks website at www.schnucks.com.

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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