Concerns about E. coli bacteria contamination have prompted a company in Waycross, Georgia, to recall about 900-thousand pounds of frozen beef patties.
Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the food from Flanders Provision Company Incorporated was sold in two, three, and five pound packages.
It was sold under the brand names Flanders Bun Buster, Flanders Beef Patties, America's Pride Beef Patties, Grill Master Beef Patties and Value Time Beef Patties. All the products have the establishment number "E-S-T.9-1-4-5" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The food was distributed to retail stores across the nation. The meat also was sold in ten-pound packages under the brand names of Flanders Beef Patties, Flanders Homestyle Cubed Beef Patties and Flanders Patty Mix.
The meat was processed between February 21st, 2005, and March tenth, 2005, and distributed to retail stores nationwide.
Flanders Vice President Steve Stipe did not immediately return a message requesting comment Tuesday.
E. coli O157:H7 can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Officials say the very young, seniors and people with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illnesses.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)