Contact: Lori Willis

Director of Communications


April 30, 2004

Schnucks Stores Not Involved In Excel Beef Recall

ST. LOUIS - On April 29, Excel Corporation, Inc., a Dodge City, Kan. firm, voluntarily recalled approximately 45,000 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Although this meat was distributed in Missouri, Schnucks Stores were NOT affected.

The Excel recall involves 10-pound chubs of ground beef. The chubs carry the date code, "USE/FREEZE BY: 04-29-04." The beef was produced on April 9, 2004 and shipped to distributors in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Texas. The bulk beef was then likely repackaged prior to retail distribution.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. E. coli O157: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 food-borne illness.

Consumers may call the Excel consumer hotline at 1-800-267-6946 if they have further questions concerning the recall. Consumers with other food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHOTLINE (674-6854). The hotline is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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