California Based Richwood Meat Recalls Ground Beef for Possible E. Coli

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Ground Beef Meat Recall

Richwood Meat Co, Inc., a Merced, Calif., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 107,943 pounds of frozen ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The problem was discovered through sampling done by the California Department of Health Services in the course of an investigation. The ground beef was produced on April 28, 2006 and was sent to retail outlets in Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

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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 foodborne illness.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact company Vice-President Steve Wood at (209) 722-8171, ext. 14. Media with questions about the recall should contact company President Mike Wood at (209) 722-8171, ext. 35.

The labels of the products subject to recall bear the establishment number EST. 8264 inside the USDA mark of inspection. Only products with a date code of 118-6 or 4/28/06 are subject to recall.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 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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