1 million pounds of ground beef recalled in 4 states, e.coli

e.coli alert

In a nutshell: Here we go again, another beef recall.

From the company press release distributed by the FDA

WASHINGTON, August 6, 2010 – Valley Meat Company, a Modesto, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately one million pounds of frozen ground beef patties and bulk ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

FSIS became aware of the problem on July 15 when the agency was notified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) of a small E. coli O157:H7 cluster of illnesses with a rare strain as determined by PFGE subtyping. A total of six patients with illness onset dates between April 8 and June 18, 2010 were reported at that time. After further review, CDPH added another patient from February to the case count, bringing the count to seven. FSIS is continuing to work with the CDPH and the company on the investigation. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should contact a health care provider.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • (#2155) *IQF* 80/20% BEEF PATTIES 8/1R
  • (#2503) SMASHBURGER 40/7 OZ. – VAC PACK
  • (#2510) IQF 80/20% BEEF PATTIES 2/1 OVAL
  • (#2515) *IQF* 80/20% BEEF PATTIES 2/1 R
  • (#2535) IQF 80/20% BEEF PATTIES 3/1 OVAL
  • (#2545) IQF 80/20% BEEF PATTIES 3/1R
  • (#2575) *IQF* 80/20% BEEF PATTIES 4/1R
  • (#2595) IQF – 80/20% PATTIES 4/1R THIN
  • (#2605) *IQF* 80/20% BEEF PATTIES 5/1R
  • (#2635) *IQF* 80/20% BEEF PATTIES 6/1R
  • (#2668) BEEF CHUCK PATTIES 7 OZ- 21#
  • (#3075) *IQF* 85/15% PATTIES 4/1R USFI
  • (#3090) ‘RPQ’ 85/15 PATTIES 160/4 OZ.
  • (#3325) “RPQ” 90/10 BEEF PATTIES 40/4 OZ
  • (#3350) 90/10% BEEF PATTIES 160/4 OZ.
  • (#3450)SUPREMAS BEEF PATTIES 12/3#
  • (#3519) *IQF* 4/1 SOY PATTIES 80/20%
  • (#3520) *IQF* 5/1 SOY PATTIES 80/20%
  • (#3522) *IQF* 6/1 SOY PATTIES 80/20%
  • (#3675) BEEF SOY PATTIES RETAIL 6/5#
  • (#3700) 73/27% RETAIL PATTIES – 12/3#
  • (#3705) 73/27% RETAIL PATTIES – 6/5#
  • (#3710) 73/27% RETAIL PATTIES – 8/3#
  • (#3715) BIGGER VALLEY BURGER – 6/5#
  • (#3725) 80/20 BIGGER BURGER 12/3#
  • (#3751) 80/20% RETAIL PATTIES 12/3#
  • (#3800) 85/15% RETAIL PATTIES – 12/3#
  • (#3850) BLACK ANGUS BURGER 12/2# BOX
  • (#3875) 93/7% BEEF PATTIES 12/3# RETAIL
  • (#3880) SAFEWAY 73/27 RETAIL BOXES 8#
  • (#3882) SAFEWAY 73/27 PATTIES 12/2.5#
  • (#3883) SAFEWAY 80/20 PATTIES 12/2.5#
  • (#4000) 73/27% GROUND BEEF 10/1#
  • (#4001) 73/27% GROUND BEEF 20/2#
  • (#4005) 73/27% GROUND BEEF – 40/1#
  • (#4015) 73/27% GROUND BEEF 4/5#
  • (#4020) 73/27% GROUND BEEF – 8/5#
  • (#4030) 73/27% GROUND BEEF 4/10#
  • (#4035) 73/27% GROUND BEEF 15/3#
  • (#4300) 80/20% GROUND BEEF 10/1#
  • (#4305) 80/20% GROUND BEEF – 40/1#
  • (#4310) 80/20% GROUND BEEF 4/5#
  • (#4315) 80/20% GROUND BEEF 8/5#
  • (#4325) 80/20% GROUND BEEF – 4/10#
  • (#4326)*FRESH** 80/20% GROUND BEEF 4/10#
  • (#4328)80/20 GROUND BEEF 4/10# WHITE BOX
  • (#4329) ‘RPQ’ 80/20% GROUND BEEF 4/10#
  • (#4335)80/20% GROUND BEEF 2/5# – PRINTED
  • (#4610) 85/15% GROUND BEEF 4/5#
  • (#4615) 85/15% GROUND BEEF 8/5#
  • (#4625) “RPQ” 85/15% GROUND BEEF 4/10#
  • (#4630) 85/15% G B 4/10# CLEAR-generic (#4915) 90/10% GROUND BEEF – 8/5#
  • (#4925) 90/10% GROUND BEEF 4/10# / WHITE
  • (#4930) 90/10% G B 4/10# / CLEAR-generic
  • (#4980) 93/7% GROUND BEEF 4/10#
  • (2714) HEARST 80/20 PATTIES 5/1R -10#
  • (2715) HEARST GROUND BEEF 12/1# RETAIL

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 8268” inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as a production code of 25709 through 01210. These products were produced between the dates of Oct. 2, 2009 through Jan. 12, 2010 and were distributed to retail outlets and institutional foodservice providers in California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and internationally.

FSIS and the establishment are concerned that some product may still be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. FSIS strongly encourages consumers to check their freezers and immediately discard any product that is the subject of this recall.

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 foodborne illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that firms notify their customers (including restaurants) of a recall and that steps are taken to make certain that a suspect product is no longer available to consumers.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.

Questions regarding the recall should be directed to the company’s spokespeople, Vanessa Smith at (916) 492-5314 or Brooke Burgess at (916) 492-5321.

Comments

  1. azurevirus

    But of course theres another recall on beef..prob will always be..I gave up beef because of the recall after recall..been nice if you could have named the states this meat was in or did I miss that

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