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A Coal Valley, Ill. company recently recalled almost 96,000 pounds of ground beef products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the beef, from Valley Meats LLC, may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recalled beef was sold under various brand names, including 3S Brand Products, Grillmaster Brand Products, J & B Brand Products, Klub Brand Products, Thick ‘N Savory Brand Products, and Ultimate Brand Products. In addition, some of the beef was sold with no specific brand name. Each of the recalled beef products has the number "EST. 5712" under the USDA mark of inspection. March 10, 2009 is the date that these beef products were produced. The strain of E. coli involved in the recalled beef is dangerous, and can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and kidney failure. E. coli O157:H7 can be fatal. There have been reports of illness in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.

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