Ground beef recalled because of E. coli
DENVER – Ground beef bearing the Flanders and Saver’s Choice labels have been recalled because the frozen patties may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7.Wal-Mart stores pulled Flanders ground beef from their shelves in August, after Flanders Provision Co. of Waycross Ga., voluntarily recalled about 900,000 pounds of ground beef produced from Feb. 21 to March 10. The Frisco Wal-Mart does not sell the frozen beef patties; Safeway and City Market do not sell the brand.Monday, Flanders expanded its recall to any frozen beef patties bearing the Flanders and Saver’s Choice labels produced June 25 and distributed to stores nationwide.State health officials urge consumers to check their freezers for 2- and 5-pound packages of Flanders quarter-pound beef patties and 5-pound Saver’s Choice quarter-pound beef patties. All of the recalled packages contain the production code “05176” and the establishment number “EST. 9145.” “If it is found, the meat should be disposed of or returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. It should not be eaten,” said Susan Parachini, state food safety specialist.The company recalled the beef after an epidemiological investigation of an illness in Illinois believed to be associated with the product. As of Tuesday, there were no reported cases of illness in Colorado associated with the product, but the August meat recall was associated with a Colorado resident who was hospitalized, treated and released, Parachini said.The August recall included 3- and 5-pound packages of Flanders Bun Buster 100 percent Beef Burgers (code O5053), 5- and 2-, 5- and 10-pound packages of Flanders beef patties (codes O5053, 05060, 05061, 05062, 05066, 05055, or 05069), 10-pound packages of Flanders Homestyle cubed beef patties (code 05055) and 10-pound packages of Flanders Patty Mix (code, 05060).For more information, contact the Department of Public Health and Environment’s Consumer Protection Division at (303) 692-3620.BOX: E. coli symptoms and preventionE. coli O157:H7 can cause bloody diarrhea and intense abdominal cramps. Some cases may develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, which usually requires hospitalization. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable. If an individual has eaten any of this recalled product and is experiencing any of the related symptoms, the person should contact his or her health care provider immediately.Thoroughly cooking hamburgers at 155 degrees to 160 degrees Fahrenheit kills E. coli O157:H7. The safest cooking method is to use a food thermometer to verify the proper cooking temperature by inserting the tip of the probe into the thickest part of the hamburger.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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