E. coli Worries Prompt Valley Meats to Recall 95,000+ LBS of Ground Beef

Valley Meats LLC of Coal Valley, Illinois has just issued a recall of 95,898 pounds of ground beef products, which has been classified by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) as a Class I Recall with a High health risk. A Class I health hazard situation is one in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death. The ground beef is being recalled over possible contamination with the <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli O157:H7 pathogen.

Following is a list of recalled products. Each bears the establishment number “EST. 5712” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The (2-1), (3-1), (4-1), (5-1), and (6-1) markings refer to the number of portions per each one-pound.

3S Brand
KEEP FROZEN 3/S 100% GROUND BEEF PATTY—10-Pound Cases
Containing 40 (4-1) patties with case code “95554.”
Containing 60 (6-1) patties with case code “95556.”
KEEP FROZEN 3/S CHOPPED BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK BURGER—10-Pound Cases
Containing 30 (3-1) patties with case code “95573.”
Containing 40 (4-1) patties with case code “95574.”

Grillmaster Brand: KEEP FROZEN GRILL MASTER 100% GROUND BEEF PATTY—10-Pound Cases
Containing 100 (10-1) patties with case code “95588.”
Containing 20 (2-1) patties with case code “95500.”
Containing 30 (3-1) patties with case code “95502.”
Containing 40 (4-1) patties with case codes “95504” and “95505,” and case code “95512.”

Containing 50 (5-1) patties with case code “95508.”

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate release

Containing 60 (6-1) patties with case code “95509.”

J & B Brand
KEEP FROZEN BEEF HOAGIE PATTIE—10.5-Pound Case
Containing 28, 6-ounce packages; case code “51706.”
Containing 14, 12-ounce packages; case code “51312.”
KEEP FROZEN TENDERKNIT BEEF STEAK CHOPPED AND FORMED—10-Pound Case
Containing 30 (3-1) with case code “11028.”
“TENDERKNIT BEEF STEAK CHOPPED AND FORMED—10-Pound Case
Containing 40 (4-1) with case code “11024.”
KEEP FROZEN TENDERKNIT VEAL LUNCHEON CHOPPED AND FORMED—10-Pound Case
Containing 10 (4-1) with case code “13014.”
KEEP FROZEN SEASONED GROUND BEEF PATTIE—10-Pound Case
Containing 40 (4-1) with case code “11384BR.”
His Musical Career trailer
KEEP FROZEN BEEF STEAK BURGER—10-Pound Case
Containing 40 packages (4-1) with case code “J1004.”
KEEP FROZEN FLAVOR BURST BEEF PATTIE—10-Pound Case
Containing 30 (3-1) with case code “51803.”
Containing 40 (4-1) with case code “51804.”

Klub Brand: 10-Pound Case
KEEP FORZEN KLUB GROUND BEEF STEAK
Containing 20 (2-1) with case code “95565.”
Containing 30 (3-1) with case code “95567.”
Containing 40 (4-1) with case code “95568.”
KEEP FROZEN KLUB HOMESTYLE GROUND BEEF STEAK

Containing 20 (2-1) with case code “95583.”
Containing 30 (3-1) with case code “95584.”

Thick ‘N Savory Brand: KEEP FROZEN THICK ‘N SAVORY SEASONED BEEF PATTY-10-Pound Case
Containing 20 (2-1) with case code “95579.”
Containing 30 (3-1) with case code “95580.”
Containing 40 (4-1) with case code “95581.”

Ultimate Brand: KEEP FROZEN ULTIMATE BURGER CHOPPED BEEF STEAK—10-Pound Case
Containing 20 (2-1) with case code “1012CL.”
Containing 30 (3-1) with case code “1013CL.”
Containing 40 (4-1) with case code “1014CL.”

Products with No Specified Name Brand

KEEP FROZEN ULTIMATE BURGER CHOPPED BEEF STEAK—10-Pound Case
Containing 20 (2-1) with case code “50123.”
Containing 30 (3-1) with case code “50125.”
Containing 40 (4-1) with case code “50127.”
KEEP FROZEN PURE BEEF PATTIE HEARTY HOMESTYLE—10-Pound Case
Containing 30 (3-1) with case code “3253.”
Containing 40 (4-1) with case code “3254.”
Containing 50 (5-1) with case code “3255.”
KEEP REFRIGERATED GROUND BEEF PATTIE
24.75-pound cases containing 144 with case code “8218.”
KEEP REFRIGERATED GROUND BEEF
20-pound cases containing 4 (4 X 5) with case code “8020EC” and with case code “8515.”
40-pound cases containing 8 (8 X 5) with case code “8020VP.”
KEEP FROZEN GROUND BEEF—20-Pound Case (Containing 4 [4 X 5])
Case code “8020ECF.”
Case code “10201.”
KEEP FROZEN GROUND BEEF—20-Pound Case (Containing 4 [4 X 5])
Case code “10301.”

These ground beef products were produced on March 10, 2009, and were distributed to various consignees nationwide. The problem was discovered through an epidemiological investigation of illnesses. On May 13, 2009, FSIS was informed by the Ohio Department of Health of a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 infections. To date, illnesses have been reported in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea; dehydration; and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors, and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to food borne illness.

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