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E. coli Recall of 1,000,000 pounds of meat from Valley Meat Company

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 this morning.

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 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

  • Erik B. Ellingson

    Forgive the pun, but how in the world do you recall frozen beef products from international commerce? Seriously?

  • John Munsell

    Valley Meat Company is strictly a further processor, and performs no slaughter activities. They totally depend on meat purchased from source slaughter providers. Rest assured however that all investigations will start and stop at Valley Meat Company, with only a token attempt to determine which of Valley Meat’s suppliers shipped unsanitary meat to Valley Meat. John Munsell

  • http://www.ahrcanum.com ahrcanum

    One MILLION pounds of beef with 7 reports of e-coli, and 7 months to report it. Sry Mr. Marler, I am having burgers, medium well for dinner w fresh sweet corn. Odds based on this statistical case are in my favor.
    Thx for all u do.