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August 9th, 2010
02:47 PM ET

1 million pounds of ground beef recalled

Consumers are being warned to check their freezers for recalled beef that may be contaminated with E. coli. The Modesto California-based meat processor Valley Meat Company is voluntarily recalling approximately one million pounds of ground beef.  The beef may contain a rare strain of the bacterium E. coli O157:H7.

The Valley Meat Company says the ground beef patties and bulk products were  produced between October 2nd, 2009 through January 12th, 2010 and were distributed to retail outlets and institutional foodservice providers in California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and overseas.  A list of retailers has not yet been released, but a complete list of products has been published on the company's website.

So far seven people are believed to have been sickened between February and June according to a USDA press release.  Consumers are urged to throw away any of this beef, if they still have it in their freezers.

E. coli can cause serious illness including death in the most severe cases.  Consumers can avoid getting sick if they properly cook their meat to at least 160° F, which kills the bacteria.


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  1. Joe Corporate

    Yeah. Me love Corporate America beef. Me big meater! Yeah, those veggies are evil and awful Devil made them it's in the Bible. Yeah, hate liberal veggy eaters.

    August 10, 2010 at 11:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Ed

    Buy from your local farmers. Safer and better. Plus you are supporting your local economy, as well as your local farmers.

    August 10, 2010 at 11:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. questionauthority

    If your going eat beef, grass fed... is the only way to go.

    August 10, 2010 at 12:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jim

    Fast food slop houses like Burger King, McDonalds, Wendys, etc. with their disgusting burgers are one of many reasons why the people of this country are fat, diabetic and have cardio-vascular diseases. Eat a salad once in a while for God's sake!

    August 10, 2010 at 12:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. n8

    I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat vegetables!!!

    August 10, 2010 at 13:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Aurora

      You didn't "claw" your way to the top of anything. Not even out of your mommy's womb. But you don't have to eat your veggies... just means there is more for the rest of us "crazy, liberal and nut-job" vegheads.

      August 10, 2010 at 15:39 | Report abuse |
  6. Duwayne Anderson

    The beef was "produced" between October 2nd, 2009 through January 12th, 2010, yet is only now being recalled? Good luck. After nearly a year you can pretty much expect that the beef has already been consumed and done it's damage.

    This story is symptomatic of the fascist way in which the beef industry runs the government organizations that are supposed to regulate it - with *no* consideration for the consumer (the folks paying for it all). Just another reason I refuse to eat hamburger.

    August 10, 2010 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Liam

    1 Million pounds? I'm sure that processing plants move fast, but isn't 1 million pounds a bit late in the lame to decide to warn of a potential contamination risk? What are the safety protocols, if any, in place that would allow tainted products to be shipped out and what measures are in place so that the stores receiving it can differentiate between it and safe product? How much has already been sold to unsuspecting consumers? I'm sure that they did an internal investigation and mulled over the potential fall-out before announcing anything. How many days ago was that?

    August 10, 2010 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Flaco Blunts

    Eating a burger nowadays is like playing russian roulette. Every other month a new recall, and usually on meat that's likely already consumed. Personally, I've grown frightened of processed food. It's time to start growing your own.

    August 12, 2010 at 00:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Cody

    " the ground beef patties and bulk products were produced between October 2nd, 2009 through January 12th, 2010"
    And they are just now recalling it? 7 months later?

    August 12, 2010 at 09:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. bj

    Earl is correct, This is how it is said
    Earl
    If god didn't want us eating animals...he wouldn't have made them out of meat.

    August 12, 2010 at 18:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Dr Homeskooled

    Getting sick because of Germs is only a theory, like evolution....
    I am sure this is some kind of propaganda from the liberal elite to become vegitarians

    August 18, 2010 at 03:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. liz

    If an industry is unscrupulous and outside the law in its' hiring pracitices it will be unscrupulous and outside the law in its' production standards.The government is well aware of this-the general public is just catching on-unfortunately the hard way.I suggest we put the IRS to work regulating food safety-They seem to be the only government agency that functions to perfection.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:47 | Report abuse | Reply
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