The Daily Oklahoman reports that Flanders Provision Co. Inc. in Georgia is recalling 900,000 pounds of patties that were distributed under the Flanders, America’s Pride and Value Time labels. Some of the company’s product was shipped to Oklahoma.
The company is concerned that the meat may have been contaminated with E. coli, a bacterium that f it contaminates meat, it can lead to digestive illnesses and even death.
Steven Cohen, spokesman for USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, said “They are asking for a recall, which means that it is possible that it could have E coli, not that it does. In most recall situations it is likely that most of the product does not have the bacteria but we have to be cautious when dealing with public health.”
Cohen urged consumers to check the product codes of all Flanders beef products they have either already purchased or may buy. If a consumer already has purchased the possibly tainted meat, Cohen said they can return it to the original store for a refund.