Friday, September 30, 2011

Traveler's Alert: Tyson Recalls 131,000 Pounds of Ground Beeef

Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling 131,300 pounds of ground beef after a family in Ohio fell ill after eating meat produced by the company that was contaminated with E. coli, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The recall involves beef sold as Kroger brands at Kroger Co. supermarkets; Butcher's Beef at Food Lion supermarkets; and generic beef sold to SAV-A-LOT, Spectrum Foods, Supervalu and the Defense Commissary Agency. Tyson produced the affected meat at its plant in Emporia, KS, on August 23.

COMMENT: Four children became ill after eating the meat with their family in Butler County, OH, in the second week of September. A 9-year-old child was hospitalized for about 10 days with severe diarrhea. Ground beef from the family's home tested positive for the bacteria. The family told health officials that they bought the beef at a Kroger supermarket.

The products being recalled include 5-pound packages of Kroger-brand ground beef packed in 40-pound cases, with a product code of D-0211 QW, which was distributed in Tennessee and Indiana; 3-pound packages of Butcher's Brand beef packed in 36-pound cases with the code D-0211 LWIF, which was distributed in North and South Carolina; and 3-pound packages of generic labeled beef packed in 36-pound cases with a product code D-0211 LWI, which was distributed in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. The beef, all 73/27 lean to fat ratio, had a "best before" date of September 12 and the number 245D inked on the packages. Consumers are urged to check their freezers and return or discard any beef listed in the recall.

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