Right at the end of 2023, a company on the Illinois side of our community issued a voluntary recall on a product that most of us enjoy. The reason for the recall is well warranted.

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Almost 7,000 pounds of ground beef has been recalled from businesses and restaurants in Iowa and in this company's home state of Illinois. With a few days have passing by since this recall was issued, people should be less worried but still aware.

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Quad Cities Company Recalls Ground Beef

Valley Meats, LLC, a company in Coal Valley, Ill., is recalling approximately 6,768 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on New Year's Eve.

The raw ground beef items were produced on December 22, 2023. Products with these labels are subject to recall. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 5712” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributor locations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan for further distribution to restaurants and other institutional users.

The problem was discovered when the establishment notified FSIS that samples of ground beef products submitted to a third-party laboratory for microbiological analysis tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.


Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism.

While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in institutional or restaurant refrigerators or freezers. Restaurants and institutions are urged not to serve these products. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

More details can be found on the USDA's website.

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