U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE
|Production Dates/Codes:||Produced on April 7, 1998
Ground Sirloin Patties with the date code "04/07/98 MFG" or "04/06/98 MFG"
Ground Beef Patties with the date code "04/07/98 MFG" The time in military format precedes the date code.
|Problem--Reason for Recall:||E. coli O157:H7 contamination|
|How and When Discovered:||Illness in New York state prompted testing of product, which was found positive for E. coli O157:H7|
|Federal Establishment:||EST. 18532
Costco Wholesale Corp.
|Recalling Firm/Company:||Costco Wholesale Corp., Issiquah, Wash.|
|Corporate/Media Contact:||Richard Galanti, 425-313-8203|
|Quantity Recalled:||172,000 lbs. (116,000 lbs. ground sirloin; 56,000 lbs. ground beef)|
|Distribution:||Exclusively to Costco Wholesale stores located in 24 states. USDA cautioned that consumers often transport wholesale purchases across state lines. Costco distributed the recalled product to the following 24 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.|
|Recall Classification:||Class 1|
|Recall Notification Level:||Consumer Level|
|Press Release:||FSIS-98-RC-08, June 29, 1998|
|Direct Notification Means:||Company notifying customers and consignees|
|FSIS Followup Activities:||District Enforcement conducting effectiveness checks|
|Other Agencies Involved:||None|
|Date of Recall Meeting:||June 29, 1998|
|Recall Case Number:||EP-019-98|