Amid an investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into a Salmonella outbreak, Central Valley Meat Co. has issued a recall for approximately 34,222 pounds of ground beef because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled ground beef was produced on July 23 and includes:

  • One-pound chub packages that are labeled as Stater Bros. 100% Pure Ground Beef 96% Lean 4% Fat. The affected beef has a lot code of 2049 on the retail label and a lot of 19204 on the case label. The Use By date is 08-14-19.
  • Two-pound chub packages that are labeled as Stater Bros. 100% Pure Ground Beef 93% Lean 7% Fat. The affected beef has a lot code of 2049 on the retail label and a lot code of 19204 on the case label. The Use By date is 08-14-19.
  • 20-pound cases that are labeled as Stater Bros 93.7 Ground Beef 10# Chub 10 Lb. Chubs / 2 Count. The affected beef has a lot code of 19204 on the case label. The Use By date is 08-14-19.

The contaminated ground beef also has an establishment number of EST. 6063A on the retail label located next to the lot number and inside the USDA mark of inspection on the case label. The ground beef was shipped to retail locations in California.

Labels of the recalled beef can be viewed here.

Consumers are urged to check their freezers for the recalled ground beef. It should not be consumed. The meat should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Questions about the recall can be directed to Josh Bornemann, CFO at Central Valley Meat Co. at inquiry@centralvalleymeat.com.

The FSIS has determined that there is a link between ground beef products from Central Valley Meat Co. and Salmonella illnesses. The agency has traced 10 Salmonella illnesses from ground beef back to individuals in six states from Aug. 8 to Sept. 22.

Salmonellosis illness can cause symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours of eating contaminated products. In some instances, diarrhea may be severe and require hospitalization. Elderly adults, infants, and individuals with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe Salmonella illnesses.

Those that have Salmonella symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.

Ground Beef Recall May 2014 A stock photo of beef. Photo: Reuters