Meat Recalls


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I don't know how this effects some of you, but I haul a lot for Cargill, National Beef, and Tyson.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Cargill Inc. is voluntarily recalling more than 840,000 pounds of ground beef patties distributed at Sam's Club stores nationwide after four Minnesota children who ate the food developed E. coli illness, a Cargill official said Saturday. The Sam's Club warehouse chain, which sold the burgers that sickened the children, had previously pulled the same brand of ground beef patties from its shelves nationwide.
The children became ill between Sept. 10 and Sept. 20 after eating ground beef bought frozen under the name American Chef's Selection Angus Beef Patties from three Sam's Club stores in the Twin Cities area.
Two of the children were hospitalized; one remains in the hospital and the other has been discharged, the state Health Department said.
Cargill is voluntarily recalling nearly 845,000 pounds of frozen ground beef patties that were produced on Aug. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, Cargill spokesman Mark Klein said. Each package bears the establishment number "Est.924A" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Most of the recalled products were the American Chef's Selection Angus Beef Patties packaged in 6-pound boxes containing 18 patties of one- third pound each, Cargill said. Each package bears a case code of and "Best If Used By" dates of Feb. 5, 6, 12 and 13, 2008.
Although the extent of contamination is not known, Cargill is recalling the products as a precaution, said Bill Rupp, president of Cargill Meat Solutions.
Cargill has been cooperating with the state Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine the scope of the issue, Klein said.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is working with the federal Agriculture Department to determine the source of the contamination.
Cargill learned of the issue Friday, when a compliance officer from the federal Agriculture Department visited the company's ground beef facility in Butler, Wis., Klein said. Officials had traced the patties to that plant.
Symptoms of E. coli illness include stomach cramps and diarrhea. People typically are ill for two to five days but can develop complications including kidney failure. People who have developed such symptoms should contact their doctor, the Health Department said.
Cargill, based in Wayzata, Minn., is one of the nation's largest privately held companies and makes food ingredients, moves commodities around the world and runs financial commodities trading businesses.
The Cargill recall comes on the heels of Elizabeth, N.J.-based Topps Meat Co.'s recall of 21.7 million pounds of ground beef amid E. coli concerns. The recall—the second-largest beef recall in U.S. history—caused Topps on Friday to announce that it's going out of business.
The source of the E. coli contamination at Topps is still being investigated, but USDA spokeswoman Sharon Randle said Saturday that the Cargill and Topps cases are not related.

I've delivered to that Topps meat company quite a few times. It's sad they are going under because of this. I would be more inclined to believe that the contamination happened before the meat was delivered to Topps.
We haul for Cargill, but haul chicken. I actually have a load that delivers to them in
Waco in the morning.
Thanks so much for posting that! I have a friend that shops at Sam's club and buys beef patties in bulk. I don't know what brand, but I'm definitely telling her about this!
They said our area is clear and has no problems. I don't care what they say, I rarely if ever buy bulk meat. I know it makes sense for saving money, I just do not trust it. Now you cannot even buy spinch, or salads and not have to worry about ebolia virus. Just what is the world coming to anymore?
And yet another good reason to support your local farmers. I grow many of our vegetable myself and what I can't grow, I buy form farmers markets. I wonder though, how many small business resteraunts buy from these sort of bulk warehouses.
If you're not buying from local farmers that you see and know or produce your own food, you're taking a risk every time you eat something. Everything that is mass produced has most likely been compromised in some fashion to make a larger profit. You may pay more buying locally but the quality is always worth it.
And yet another good reason to support your local farmers. I grow many of our vegetable myself and what I can't grow, I buy form farmers markets. I wonder though, how many small business resteraunts buy from these sort of bulk warehouses.

Yup Yup! Local is always safer.. You know the people and you know they are eating this stuff and if they are eating it then you know it is safe! LOL Just my theory

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