Meat Processor Recalls

Possibly Tainted Beef Supreme Beef Processors Inc. of Dallas, already in legal trouble with the government for poor food safety, recalled 180,000 pounds of ground beef yesterday because of possible contamination with E. coli bacteria.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this month threatened to withdraw federal meat inspectors from Supreme Beef's slaughter plant unless it improved safety procedures by Jan. 3. In court documents, the government said Supreme Beef's slaughter plant failed three separate salmonella tests.

The firm recalled the ground beef after the government notified the company new tests had found a beef sample contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7.

The ground beef was produced Dec. 20 and distributed in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida and New Mexico, the firm said through its public relations firm, Fleishman-Hillard of Washington.

The company recalled all ground beef and ground beef products that have a notice to sell by Dec. 28 and the label "Supreme Beef Processors Inc.," or "Spiritas Farms" and establishment number 7143.

Also included is Supreme Beef Processors Inc. five- and 10-pound chub ground beef--an industry term denoting ground beef packaged in a cylindrical or tube-like container--with a sell date of Jan. 4 or 5.

The company advised customers who purchased products with those sell dates to return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.

Helpings for Hungry

Counting their blessings and helping those less fortunate, Americans celebrated the last Christmas of the millennium much as they always have. In San Francisco, dozens of volunteers served between 2,000 and 3,000 homeless people at St. Anthony Dining Room's 50th annual Christmas dinner.

"It was Father Alfred's desire to have hunger eliminated by now," St. Anthony Foundation spokesman Tom Gleeson said of the Rev. Alfred Boeddeker, who started the tradition. "His intention was never to have the dining room last."

Diners at the Rev. Hosea Williams's annual Feed the Hungry and Homeless dinner at Turner Field in Atlanta received haircuts and were allowed to shower, pick up clothes, register to vote, make free phone calls and consult a counselor.

Driver Leaves InjuredHOMOSASSA SPRINGS, Fla.--After speeding through a stop sign and crashing his car into a utility pole, driver Darrell Albert Keen, 36, fled on foot, police said, leaving behind his daughters, Krystle, 14, who had a broken ankle and several cuts and bruises, and Felicia, 13, who had a broken nose. Police charged him with leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and driving while his license was revoked.