Valley Meats E. coli OutbreakIn May of 2009, public health officials began investigating an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak among residents of Ohio, Iillinois, and Pennsylvania. On May 13, 2009, the Ohio Department of Health informed the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) that an Ohio E. coli outbreak had been traced to the consumption of E. coli-contaminated ground beef.
On May 21, 2009, FSIS announced that Valley Meats LLC was recalling approximately 95,898 pounds of ground beef products for potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The ground beef was produced on March 10, 2009, and was distributed nationwide in several forms, including frozen hamburger patties.
Brands associated with the outbreak include: 3S Brand, Grillmaster, J&B, Klub, Thick ‘N Savory, and Ultimate. Recalled products also include several cases of un-branded ground beef and hamburger patties. “EST. 5712” is printed inside the USDA mark of inspection on all Valley Meats recalled products.