Cleveland Illness Prompts Major Beef Recall

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Ground Beef Recall
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Three people's falling seek in Cleveland area has prompted a major ground beef recall by Valley Meats LLC of Coal Valley of Illinois. The amount of ground meat that is included in this beef recall reaches to 96,000 pounds.

According to Cleveland Leader the three people became sick from E. Coli in the Cleveland, Ohio area. USDA has issued the beef recall. However, we could not find the recall information at USDA's website.

The health department of Ohio has first noticed and reported illnesses linked to a potentially deadly E. coli on May 13. According to CNN illnesses have also been reported in Pennsylvania and Illinois. This in turn led to this current beef recall by Valley Meats LLC.

Beef recall reminds of ground beef consumption safety rules

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Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot soapy water. Immediately clean spills. Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods. Consumers should only eat ground beef or ground beef patties that have been cooked to a safe internal temperature of 160° F.

Color of the meat is NOT a reliable indicator that ground beef or ground beef patties have been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7. The only way to be sure ground beef is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature. Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90° F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.

Current beef recall products include the following brands.

  • 3S Brand Products
  • Grillmaster Brand Products
  • J & B Brand Products
  • Thick 'N Savory Brand Products
  • Ultimate Brand Product
  • Products with No Specified Name Brand

Additionally, each product that is included in this ground beef recall 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 one-pound. These ground beef products were produced on March 10, 2009, and were distributed to various consignees nationwide.

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit
www.fsis.usda.gov

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