California Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products

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Renna's Meat Market, a Fresno, Calif., firm is recalling approximately 780 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The following products are subject to recall:

* Various sizes of ground beef products bearing the establishment number "EST. 27365" inside the USDA mark of inspection. These food service products were intended for restaurant use.

* Various sizes of custom ground beef products wrapped in unmarked butcher paper with no label. The products were custom orders from the establishment's retail operation and do not bear the establishment number or USDA mark of inspection.

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These ground beef products were distributed to restaurants and sold to consumers in the Fresno, Calif., area. The recalled products were packaged from Aug. 1, 2008, through Aug. 8, 2008, and consumers may have purchased these ground beef products between Aug. 5, 2008, and Aug. 9, 2008.

The problem was discovered by FSIS routine microbiological testing. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult a medical professional.

Consumers are urged to check their refrigerators and freezers and discard the product or return the ground beef products for a refund.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, and only consume ground beef or ground beef patties that have been cooked temperature of 160° F. The only way to be sure ground beef is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

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