San Diego Meat Company, a San Diego, Calif., establishment, is
recalling approximately 925 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 (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall include:

" 15-pound cases of "SAN DIEGO MEAT, GROUND BEEF PATTIES."
" 10-pound bags of "SAN DIEGO MEAT, BULK GROUND BEEF."
Each case and bag bears establishment number "EST. 4116" inside the USDA marks of inspection and "Safe Handling Instructions" on the back. The front of each package advises "KEEP REFRIGERATED."

The above products were produced October 7, 2009 through October 9, 2009 and October 12, 2009 and were distributed to restaurants and two caterers in the San Diego County area.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers (including restaurants) of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological sampling. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

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.

Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact company Establishment Owner, Bob Watkins at 619-233-8871.

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.