Health department issues new warning over beef patties, pot pies
Consumers in California should not to eat American Chef’s Selection Angus Beef Patties purchased at Sam’s Club stores in the state because the products could be contaminated with E. coli and may cause serious illness.
Sam’s Club stores throughout California received the product, said Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health warned today.
The manufacturer, Cargill Meat Solutions, has voluntarily recalled the product. The product is a 6-pound box of “American Chef’s Selection Angus Beef Patties 18-1/3 Pound Patties.” Each package bears the establishment number “Est. 924A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. It also bears a case code of “7703100” and various package codes of Best If Used By dates of “02/05/08,” “02/06/08,” “02/12/08,” and “02/13/08.”
Consumers should check their home refrigerators and freezers for the recalled product. Consumers should either throw the product away or return it to the point of purchase.
To date, no illnesses associated with this product have been reported in California.
E. coli infection often causes abdominal cramps and diarrhea, sometimes bloody. Consumers with any of these symptoms should call their physician. Those most at risk for serious complications of this foodborne illness include young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
Consumers with questions about the recalled products can contact Cargill Meat Solutions at (866) 567-7899.
Also today, the state health department issued a warning over contaminated pot pies. Consumers should not eat certain frozen Banquet or generic store brand chicken and turkey pot pies because they may be contaminated with salmonella, Horton announced today.
The affected pot pies have the number “P-9” on the side of the package as part of a code above the use-by date. The packages also have the number 5009 inside a small circle on the front of the package.
CDPH is investigating five cases of salmonella in California possibly associated with consumption of this product in Orange, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
Continued surveillance and testing is under way to identify any additional cases that may be associated with this product in California. The pot pies may be linked to 139 cases of salmonella in 30 states.
The pot pies are produced by ConAgra Foods, which has voluntarily stopped producing the pot pies.
Consumers should discard the pot pies prior to returning the packaging to their retail store for a refund. Consumers can also obtain a refund by sending the side panel of the package that contains the code “P-9” to ConAgra Foods, Dept. BQPP, P.O. Box 3768, Omaha, NE 68103-0768.
Most individuals with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps one to three days after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most individuals recover without treatment.
However, in some individuals, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is required. The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.
Individuals who think they may have become ill from eating these products should contact their health care provider for evaluation.
Consumers with questions can contact ConAgra Foods at 1-866-484-8671.