Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers in California 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 O157:H7 and may cause serious illness.
CDPH confirmed that Sam’s Club stores throughout California received the product.
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 O157:H7 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.