BREAKING NEWS~~~~~TAINTED MEAT STOLEN.....TEXAS AREA

Ft. Worth Tx. Dec. 29, 2007 ―
One North Texas company is warning Texans not to purchase ground beef under, 'questionable circumstances'.
Fort Worth-based, American Fresh Foods issued the alert after one of it's refrigerated trucks, containing 14,800 pounds of ground beef products, was stolen.
The company is warning the public because a portion of the stolen products had been segregated for possible E. coli contamination and were being removed from fresh commercial sale.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to food borne illness. So far, no illnesses from the stolen products have been reported.
American Fresh Foods' officials say the stolen meat was placed in a refrigerated truck and was being held on the plant's property."Consumers need to know that our meat products being sold through normal retail channels – such as grocery stores – are safe," said Timothy Biela, Chief Food Safety and Quality Assurance Officer for American Fresh Foods.

The stolen tractor trailer bears an "Xtra Lease" logo on both side panels. The trailer is a 2000 Great Dane model with the trailer number Q61-232. The truck has a Maine license plate number 1925071.

The consumer products subject to the public health alert include:
• 2-pound approximate weight packages of "73/27 GROUND BEEF" bearing a sell-by date of "12.30.07" with production times between 14:27 – 15:28

• 2-pound approximate weight packages of "80/20 GROUND BEEF CHUCK" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07" with production times between 13:40 – 14:27

• 1-pound approximate weight packages of "85/15 GROUND BEEF ROUND" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07" with production times between 13:51 – 17:01

• 1-pound approximate weight packages of "90/10 GROUND BEEF SIRLOIN" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07" with production times between 13:49 – 15:35

• 1-pound approximate weight packages of "96/04 EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF, 4% FAT" bearing a sell-by date of "12.31.07" with production times between 14:25 – 17:22
The bulk product subject to the alert includes:

• 40-pound "net wt." box of "73/27 100% GROUND BEEF; REWORK MAP"

• 260-pound "net wt." combo bin of " CHUCK 100% GROUND BEEF; REWORK MAP"

• 370-pound "net wt." combo bin of "SIRLOIN 100% GROUND BEEF; REWORK"
The consumer and bulk ground beef products were produced on Dec. 19, 2007.Anyone who has purchased American Fresh Foods' ground beef products under questionable circumstances, like in a parking lot or along the side of the road, should not eat the food. Company officials are asking that consumers keep the packaging label, discard the product, and report the incident to the American Fresh Foods consumer hotline at 1-800-724-1136 (The toll free line will be available beginning Friday, December 28, at 9 a.m.)."American Fresh Foods is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and law enforcement to find the stolen meat and truck.

Anyone with information about the theft, or the location of the tractor trailer, is asked to contact the Fort Worth Police Department's Crime Stoppers hotline at 817-469-8477.

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