Contact: Lori O. Willis, Director of Communications, (314) 994-4602.

January 14, 2002

Schnucks Recalls Ground Beef Processed Jan. 12 at Clayton & Hanley Store

ST. LOUIS -- Schnuck Markets, Inc. has issued a recall on all ground beef processed Saturday, Jan. 12, at its Clayton and Hanley store at 7651 Clayton Road. The recalled packages are printed with a "sell by" date of Jan. 13.

At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, a customer returned a package of ground beef that contained a small piece of glass. All ground beef was immediately removed from the meat cases and the grinding equipment was inspected, cleaned and sanitized.

An internal investigation revealed that an outside company hired to replace lightbulbs broke a bulb over the grinding machine on Friday evening, Jan. 11. The workers left the store without reporting the incident or realizing the grinding machine had been affected.

Cy Jansen, Schnucks vice president of meat operations, estimated about 20 to 25 packages of beef ground sold Saturday may have been affected. As an added customer precaution, he encouraged any customer who purchased ground beef from the Clayton store anytime on Saturday to return the meat for a full refund.

This is an isolated incident and no other stores are involved in this recall. Customers with questions can call Schnucks' Consumer Affairs department at (314) 994-4400.

Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 90 stores and 82 in-store pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana including a Sentry Drug Store in Illinois. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.