News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 September 28, 2007
CONTACT: Tracy Pawelski
tracy.pawelski@aholdusa.com

   
ALL TOPPS BRAND FROZEN GROUND BEEF REMOVED FROM GIANT FOOD STORES AND TOPS MARKETS
Carlisle, PA - Giant Food Stores is announcing that all production codes of Topps' frozen ground beef patties have been removed from Giant Food Stores, Martin's Food Markets, and Tops Markets following additional information that federal food safety inspectors have suspended the grinding of raw products at the Topps Meat Co. because of possible E. coli 0157:H7 contamination.

The Topps brand frozen ground beef products should not be confused with the Tops Markets corporate brand products.

This action is being taken as an additional precautionary measure following a Class I Food Recall issues by USDA earlier this week on Topps brand frozen ground beef products. When the initial Class I Food Recall was issued, Giant Food Stores, Martin's Food Markets and Tops Markets took immediate action and removed from stores affected code dates. Food safety is of paramount important to us. This additional, voluntary action is being taken to ensure the safety of our customers. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow USDA's recommendations.

Any customer who has purchased these products from our stores can return them for a full refund. If customers have health concerns, they should contact their physician or health care practitioner immediately. Consumers may obtain more information by calling Giant Food Stores Customer Help Line at 1-888-814-4268. For further information on the Topps brand frozen ground beef recall, consumers may call Jeffrey Rohach at the Topps Meat Company at 1-908-351-0500 x50.

E. coli is a bacterium that causes diarrhea that can be accompanied by abdominal cramps. Fever may be absent or mild. Symptoms usually occur within 2-3 days following exposure, but may occur as soon as 1 day following exposure or up to one week following exposure. Healthy adults can typically recover completely, however, young children and the elderly, can be particularly vulnerable to serious health problems and even death.

Giant Food Stores, LLC, one of the leading supermarket operations in the U.S., currently operates stores in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia under the names of Giant Food Stores, TOPS Markets, Martin's Food Markets and Foodsource. As a company, Giant is proud to work with hundreds of local organizations in the communities it serves and has a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children.

 

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