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October 14, 2007: J & B Meats Corp. – Illinois Hamburger Patties Recall

The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on October 13 that a Class I Recall has been issued for J & B Meats Corporation ground beef hamburger patties. J & B Meats Corp will recall 173,554 pounds of frozen hamburgers due to the possibility of E. coli O157:H7 contamination. J & B Meats Corp. is located in Coal Valley, Illinois.

The hamburgers subject to recall include:

2-pound boxes of "TOPPS PREMIUM 100% PURE SIRLOIN BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK BURGERS, 6 1/3 LB. HOMESTYLE BURGERS." Each box bears a use by date of "06/22/08."

8-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PURE GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS, 32 QUARTER POUNDERS." Each box bears a use by date of "06/12/08," "06/18/08" or "06/22/08."

3-pound bags of "SAM'S CHOICE BACKYARD GOURMET BEEF BURGERS, 80/20, 12 QUARTER POUND ROUND PATTIES." Each bag bears a use by date of "03/08/08."

3-pound boxes of "TOPPS 100% PURE GROUND BEEF HAMBURGERS, 12 QUARTER POUNDERS." Each box bears a use by date of "06/18/08."

Packages bear the establishment number "Est. 5712." The frozen ground beef hamburgers subject to the recall were produced on June 12, June 18, and June 22, 2007, and were distributed to retail stores nationwide.

This is a Class I Recall – it is important that consumers check their freezers for hamburgers affected by the recall.

The possibility of E. coli O157:H7 contamination was discovered through an investigation into illness reported to the FSIS Consumer Complaint Monitoring System (CCMS). J & B Meats issued the voluntarily recall of the hamburger patties based on a preliminary analysis of epidemiological data linked to the investigation.

Symptoms of E. coli food poisoning include severe abdominal cramps and watery diarrhea. The diarrhea may become bloody and can lead to dehydration. Complications of E. coli food poisoning may include Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a serious medical condition that occurs in about 2%-7% of cases. HUS is characterized by destruction of red blood cells, damage to the lining of blood vessel walls, and in severe cases, kidney failure. Blood transfusions and kidney dialysis are often required.

The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg currently represents victims of food poisoning outbreaks throughout the United States. If you or a loved one have been harmed by E. coli food poisoning linked with the J & B meats recall or any other product recall, and you have a question about your legal rights, please call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274 for a free case evaluation, or fill out a Free Case Evaluation form. To learn more about the Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg, please see Food Poisoning Lawyer or Recall Lawyer.

For more hamburger recall information, please see the following news posts: October 11 Sam’s Club Recall and October 8 Topps Hamburger Pattie Recall.

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