Valley Meats LLC of Illinois has issued a Class I Recall of almost 96,000 pounds of potentially contaminated ground beef. Last week the Ohio Department of Health was informed that a 3 year-old girl, 24 year-old man, and 71 year-old man had been sickened by the E. Coli bacteria with the same genetic fingerprint. Additional illnesses have now been reported in Pennsylvania and Illinois.
E. coli is a common bacterium normally found in humans but some strains such as E. coli 0157:H7 causes food-borne illnesses affecting some 73,000 Americans every year and killing about 61.
Valley Meats produces ground beef for a number of different companies and their products are distributed under several different labels.
A complete list of recalled products can be found here.