Modesto, California Company Recalls 1,000,000 Pounds of Frozen Ground Beef Patties

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The FSIS, the Food Safety and Inspection Services division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced recently that Valley Meat Company is recalling approximately one million pounds of frozen ground beef patties as well as bulk ground beef products due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.  These products were distributed to both institutional foodservice providers and retail outlets in California, Arizona, Oregon, Texas and internationally.  The ground beef patties and bulk products were produced between October 2, 2009 and January 12th of this year.

July 15th is when the FSIS first became aware of the problem.  The California Dept. of Public Health notified FSIS of a small cluster of the E. coli illnesses, which indicated a rare strain.  Six people became ill with E. coli food poisoning between April 8 and June 18 of this year, and another patient was later identified to have become ill in February, bringing the total to seven individuals.

The ground beef products involved in this recall bear the “EST. 8268″ inside the USDA mark of inspection, and product codes affected include 25709 through 01210.

The following products are involved in this 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

E. coli food poisoning bacteria usually causes only mild symptoms in most healthy individuals. These symptoms may include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever.  E. coli food poisoning may pose a serious risk to certain individuals including young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with a weakened immune system.  If you have symptoms of E. coli, it is advised that you seek medical attention.

Contact a New York food poisoning attorney to learn what rights you have, and if you may be eligible for compensation for those costs related to your illness.