A million pounds of beef patties possibly contaminated with E. coli are being recalled following reports of seven illnesses linked to the meat.
Consumers opting for Black Angus burgers or beef with added soy might be at risk, too.
Ground beef patties, all-beef patties, Black Angus patties, beef patties with soy and Country Style beef patties are among a variety of types being pulled off the market on concerns they could cause deadly infections, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced.
The frozen meat was produced from Oct. 2, 2009, through Jan. 12, 2010, and bears the establishment number "EST. 8268." The meat could still be in consumers’ kitchens, warns the USDA, so the agency urged customers to check their freezers, discarding any affected meat immediately.
The recalled beef was sold by Modesto, Calif.-based Valley Meat Company and distributed at retailers and food service institutions in California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and abroad.
Young children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems are particularly susceptible to food borne illnesses. An E. coli infection is potentially deadly and could cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and kidney failure, the USDA warns.
Those concerned that they might be infected should contact a health care provider immediately.
Valley Meat Company is a family-owned and operated business. It claims this is the first recall in the company’s history.
“We will investigate the matter thoroughly and take any measures deemed necessary to further elevate our safety standards, protect consumers and ensure confidence in our products,” the company said in a press release.
The USDA reminds consumers that ground beef should only be consumed after being cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Concerned consumers can reach Valley Meat directly at (866) 221-6474 or visit valleymeat.com for more information.