California firm recalls 1 million pounds beef for e.coli

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Modesto, California, meat company is recalling about one million pounds of ground beef patties and bulk ground beef after the meat was linked to seven illnesses from the e.coli 0157:H7 bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday.

The meat was produced by Valley Meat Company from October 2, 2009 to January 12, and distributed to retail and food service firms in California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona, and internationally.

The products bear the establishment number “EST. 8268” and production codes 27509 through 01210.

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 foodborne illness.

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Reporting by Bob Burgdorfer; Editing by Marguerita Choy