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Press release from Business Wire

Safeway Recalls Butcher's Cut Frozen Ground Beef Patties

Friday, August 06, 2010

Safeway Recalls Butcher's Cut Frozen Ground Beef Patties21:32 EDT Friday, August 06, 2010 PLEASANTON, Calif. (Business Wire) -- In cooperation with Valley Meat Company's recall of one million pounds of frozen ground beef patties that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, Safeway Inc. is voluntarily recalling the following Butcher's Cut frozen ground beef patties sold in Safeway, Vons, Pavilions and Pak ‘N Save stores in California, Nevada and Hawaii: Butcher's Cut 100% Ground Beef Patties 73% Lean/ 27% Fat. 2.5 pound, 10-count packages sold after January 13, 2010. (2,388 resealable packages) Butcher's Cut 100% Ground Beef Patties 80% Lean/ 20% Fat. 2.5 pound, 10-count packages sold after January 12, 2010. (1,008 resealable packages) Butcher's Cut 100% Ground Beef Patties 73% Lean/ 27% Fat. 128 ounce, 32-count boxes sold after January 12, 2010. (279 boxes) The recalled products are stamped with a “Best Before” date of January 7, 2011. The “Best Before” date can be found near the zipper lock of the 10-count packages and on the side of the 32-count cases. Customers are asked to discard these products or return them to their local store for a full refund. No illnesses have been reported in connection with Butcher's Cut products. However, illnesses have been reported in connection with other recalled ground beef produced by Valley Meat Company. Safeway reminds consumers that ground beef should be cooked to a safe internal temperature of 160° F. Color is NOT a reliable indicator that ground beef or ground beef patties have been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7. More ground beef cooking and handling instructions tips can be found at the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service web site at www.FSIS.USDA.gov. Customers with questions about the ground beef recall can call a Valley Meats-sponsored help desk at 866-221-6474 or log on to www.valleymeat.com/our-team/recall-information/. Customers can also contact Safeway at 1-800-SAFEWAY. About Safeway www.Safeway.com Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,712 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $40.8 billion in 2009. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY.