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Illinois Plant Recalls 96,000 Pounds of Beef

posted on May 22, 2009


A northwestern Illinois meatpacker has recalled nearly 96,000 pounds of ground beef after meat from the plant was linked to E. coli illnesses in Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the beef was produced by Valley Meats LLC of Coal Valley in March and distributed in 10-pound to 40-pound packages, sold under brand names including Grillmaster, J&B, Thick'N Savory, 3S, Klub and Ultimate.

All of the recalled beef products bear the establishment number "EST. 5712" inside the USDA's inspection mark.

E. coli bacteria can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and kidney failure. Those most vulnerable include the very young, the aged and people with weak immune systems, according to USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service.

Phone messages seeking comment today from Valley Meats were not immediately returned.


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