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January 1, Beef Recall: Deadly E.Coli Threat Looms Over Midwest



Illinois-based food manufacturer Valley Meats, LLC has recalled approximately 6,768 pounds of raw ground beef products due to concerns over bacterial contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The company fears that their products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, a potentially deadly bacterium.

The FSIS statement explains that E. coli O157:H7 can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps 2-8 days after exposure, with most people recovering within a week. However, some individuals may develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Children under age five and the elderly are most likely to be affected, with frequent signs including easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output.

The recalled products, which come in various sizes, are marked by the USDA label “EST. 5712.” The FSIS has urged recipients of these items, particularly distributors in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan, as well as other users those centers would send the products to, not to serve the products but to discard or return them. The FSIS will work with Valley Meats to ensure customers receive the notice of recall and remove the products from their shelves.

The FSIS also reminds consumers that all raw meat, including fresh and frozen varieties, should be properly cooked before consumption. Ground beef is safe to consume only if it has been cooked to a temperature of 160 Fahrenheit, as determined by a food thermometer.

Why It Matters (op-ed)

Valley Meats’ recall of nearly 7,000 pounds of beef products due to E. coli contamination fears is a prime example of the dangers lurking in our food system. It’s no coincidence that this comes as the Biden administration continues to push for tighter regulations on businesses.

Instead of focusing on the real issues, like securing our borders or supporting law enforcement, they’re more concerned with imposing restrictions that stifle American businesses. As a result, companies like Valley Meats are forced to deal with the fallout, while the government remains unscathed. It’s high time we demand better from our leaders and prioritize the safety and prosperity of American citizens.

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  1. Kevin Joseph Musser

    January 10, 2024 at 8:10 pm

    I believe the article has taken liberties by describing this as “deadly” in the article when in fact you then explain some of the symptoms which are uncomfortable but not deadly, and don’t begin for 6-8 days and then only last a few. You then give cooking directions to be sure the food is safe. This is what gives the press a bad name when they promote as “deadly” is really uncomfortable and only in some situations. If this food is cooked to 160 internal temperature then it is fine. Typically those few people who do feel sick experience it within 24 hours but if they cooked the meat properly to begin with there is no worries. Thank you for the cooking instructions but Stop spreading fear and and pointing the finger at a small meat company who is experiencing a terrible financial loss while trying to do their best to avoid this event.

  2. CharlieSeattle

    January 16, 2024 at 12:27 am

    Deport all the Somali Muslims in the midwestern meat plants!
    W Bush and Obama gift to Corporate America the last 20 years.

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