Beef patty recall because of E. coli

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted April 21, 2007


Around one hundred thousand pounds of frozen beef patties and ground beef have been recalled after at least three children suffered food poisoning as a result of E. Coli infection.  At this time, health officials are still investigating other potential cases of illness which may be linked to the contaminated hamburgers which were sold on the west-coast.

>>INFORMATION: E Coli Food Poisoning

The beef patty recall involves frozen hamburgers produced by Richwood Meat Co., Inc. between April and May 2006.  The meat was distributed in California, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.  The hamburger patty recall applies to ground beef sold under the brand names Fireriver, Chef’s Pride, Ritz Food, Blackwood Farms, California Pacific Associates, C&C Distributing, Golbon and Richwood.

>>INFORMATION: Ground beef recall notice


E Coli food poisoning is usually associated with severe abdominal cramps, dehydration and diarrhea which can become bloody.  In most healthy adults, symptoms resolves within a week or so.  However, for young children, older individuals or those with a weak immune systems, E. coli can lead to more serious complications.  In severe cases, the food poisoning may result in potentially fatal kidney failure, known as hemolytic-urenia syndrome (HUS).

There are approximately 70,000 reported illnesses caused by E. coli outbreaks each year in the United States.  In many cases the food poisoning could have been prevented if proper standards were followed during the manufacturing, packaging and cooking of food products.


Although the recalled frozen beef was produced nearly a year ago, it is likely that a lot of the e. coli contaminated patties are still present in freezers.  Public health officials are recommending that consumers check their freezers and if they have any of the recalled patties they should destroy them or take them back to the place where they were purchased. 

The Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. food poisoning lawyers recommend that if someone has already eaten the patties and become seriously ill as a result of e. coli infection, they should safely store the remaining product in a manner which ensures they will not be eaten by anyone, and contact a lawyer for a free E. coli lawsuit evaluation.

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