Valley Meats of Coal Valley, Ill., is recalling approximately 95,898 pounds of ground beef patties and sirloin steak burgers sold under the Grillmaster and 3S brands, because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to food-borne illness. Anyone with signs or symptoms of food-borne illness should consult a medical professional.
The ground beef patties and sirloin steak burgers subject to recall include two brands, 3S and Grillmaster:
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit fsis.usda.gov
Although these products are not available at retail establishments, consumers preparing ground beef products should heed the following advice.
Wash hands with warm, soapy 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 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.
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