FORT LEE, Va. (Defense Commissary Agency) -- The Defense
Commissary Agency (DeCA) announced May 15 the voluntary recall of
packages of 85 percent lean ground beef product purchased at the Fort
McCoy Commissary and nine other commissaries May 1-14 because of
possible E-coli O157:H7contam-ination.
The other nine commissaries are Great Lakes, Ill.; Bolling Air
Force Base, D.C.; Carlisle Barracks, Pa.; Fort Monmouth, N.J.; Naval
Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, N.J.; Naval Submarine Base New
London, Conn.; Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa.; Fort Carson, Colo.; and Fort
Commissary customers who have purchased 85 percent lean ground
beef product at any of these commissaries May 1 through May 14 should
stop consuming it. They can return the product or throw it away and
bring their receipt to any DeCA commissary for a full refund.
The recall is prompted by microbial test results conducted by
the Department of Defense Veterinary Food Analysis and Diagnostic
Laboratory on beef sent by a supplier to the commissaries involved in
the action, said DeCA food safety officials.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can
cause diarrhea and dehydration.
Seniors, the very young, and persons with compromised immune
systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Cooking ground
beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit kills
Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact a
Anyone diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to
E. coli O157:H7 also is urged to contact state and local public health
Commissary patrons also can get more information on this and
other recalls by going to the DeCA Web site at http://www.commissaries.com,
visit the "Food Safety" section and access links to various
consumer safety sites.
Personnel returning ground beef to the Fort McCoy Commissary,
building 1537, are requested to bring the price receipt with date, if
possible, or if not available bring the packaging with date.
For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call (608)