Georgia Company Recalls Ground Beef Patties

Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is advising consumers to check their freezers for some brands of frozen ground beef patties that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Flanders Provision Co. of Waycross, Georgia, is voluntarily recalling some 900,000 pounds of beef products that were distributed to retail stores nationwide. All the products subject to recall bear the establishment number "EST. 9145" inside the USDA seal of inspection and the possibly contaminated meat was packaged under brands that included Flanders, America's Pride, Value Time, and Grill Master.

"The company personnel are working with our inspectors and FSIS to determine exactly where the possibly contaminated frozen meat may have been sent," Commissioner Irvin said. "Although this is a potentially deadly species of bacteria, E. coli O157:H7 can be killed with cooking to the proper temperature."

The bacteria can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Children, the elderly, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible.

"All of the meat affected by the recall was produced between February 21st and March 10th of this year, but some people may still have it in their freezers. Consumers should return the meat to the place of purchase for a refund," Commissioner Irvin said.

The specific frozen ground beef patties being recalled at this time are:

*Three- and five-pound packages of "FLANDERS BUN BUSTER, 100% Beef Burgers." Each package contains the production code, "05053."

*10-pound packages of "FLANDERS BEEF PATTIES." Each package contains the production code "05053."

*10-pound packages of "FLANDERS HOMESTYLE CUBED BEEF PATTIES." Each package contains the production code, "05055."

*Five-pound packages of "FLANDERS BEEF PATTIES." Each package contains the production code, "05052," "05053," "05055," "05060," "05061," "05062," "05066" or "05069."

*Two-pound packages of "AMERICA'S PRIDE BEEF PATTIES, Quarter Pound Beef Patties." Each package contains the production code, "05055."

*Two-pound packages of "FLANDERS BEEF PATTIES." Each package contains the production code, "05055."

*10-pound packages of "FLANDERS PATTY MIX." Each package contains the production code, "05060."

*Five-pound packages of "VALUE TIME BEEF PATTIES." Each package contains the production code, "05060."

*Five-pound packages of "GRILL MASTER BEEF PATTIES." Each package contains the production code, "05060" or "05062."