Company Recalls 96,000 Lbs Of Beef Linked To Ohio Illnesses

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Coal Valley, Ill. (AP) -- Three people became ill from e. coli in the Cleveland area, prompting an Illinois meatpacker to recall nearly 96,000 pounds of ground beef.

Related illnesses have been reported in Pennsylvania and Illinois.

The Ohioans who were sickened have recovered.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the meat came from Valley Meats and was produced in March.

It was distributed in 10-pound to 40-pound packages, sold under brand names including Grillmaster, J&B, Thick 'n Savory, 3s, Klub and Ultimate.

The recalled beef products all bear the establishment number "est. 5712" inside the USDA's inspection mark.

Phone messages seeking comment today from Valley Meats were not immediately returned.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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