Stewart Brothers of Decatur issued its recall because the products
were made from beef trim potentially contaminated with E. coli and
subject to another recall announced by the U.S. Food Safety and
Inspection Service on Sept. 28.
The products were produced Sept.
12 and distributed to local restaurants. Their packaging bears
Stewart Brothers' establishment number of 447 inside an Illinois
seal of inspection and was stamped with a code of 255 or 256.
E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody
diarrhea and dehydration. The elderly, the very young and people
with weak immune systems are most susceptible to food-borne illness.
People concerned they may have contracted a food-borne illness
should call a doctor.
However, the Illinois Department of Agriculture has received no
reports of illness associated with consumption of this meat.
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Consumers with questions about this recall should contact the
company's representative, Jeff Stewart, at 217-422-7741, or the
Illinois Department of Agriculture at 217-782-6684.
Department of Agriculture
file received from the
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]