August 30, 2014
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) - A Modesto meat company is recalling about one million pounds of ground beef products after seven people were sickened by E. coli contamination.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that Valley Meat Company had sold the potentially contaminated meat in California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and internationally.
The beef was processed between Oct. 2, 2009 to Jan. 12, 2010. The company says most of the products are sold frozen and that they're working to remove them from grocery store shelves.
Valley Meat says consumers should discard possibly affected meat or return it to stores for a full refund.
The California Department of Health notified the USDA in mid-July of a cluster of E. coli-related illnesses, leading to the recall.
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