Ground beef recall: Tyson Fresh Meats recalls ground beef products due to possible E. Coli contamination

By on Sep 28, 2011 in Food, Health, United States Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 a ground beef recall due to possible E. Coli contamination.

As noted by FSIS on its official website, Tyson Fresh Meats Inc, is recalling approximately 131,300 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Tyson Fresh Meats, an establishment based in Emporia, Kansas, noted that the affected products were sold in different parts in the US, with FSIS declaring a Class 1 Recall or has a ‘High Risk‘.

The meat company emphasized that the recalled products have a “Best Before or Freeze By” date of “Sept 12 2011” and the establishment number “245D” ink jetted along the package seam.

According to reports, the recalled products were sold at Kroger, Food Lion, Sav-A-Lot, Spectrum Foods and Supervalu stores. FSIS said that a list of retail stores that received the said product will be posted on USDA‘ official website very soon.

Below is the list of products affected by this Tyson Fresh Meats ground beef recall, as taken from the FSIS‘ official website.

* 5-pound chubs of Kroger-brand “GROUND BEEF 73% LEAN – 27% FAT,” packed in 40-pound cases containing eight chubs. Cases bear an identifying product code of “D-0211 QW.” These products were produced on Aug. 23, 2011 and were shipped to distribution centers in Indiana and Tennessee for retail sale.

* 3-pound chubs of Butcher’s Brand “GROUND BEEF 73% LEAN – 27% FAT,” packed in 36-pound cases each containing 12 chubs. Cases bear an identifying product code of “D-0211 LWIF.” These products were produced on Aug. 23, 2011 and were shipped to distribution centers in North Carolina and South Carolina for retail sale.

* 3-pound chubs of a generic label “GROUND BEEF 73% LEAN – 27% FAT,” packed in 36-pound cases each containing 12 chubs. Cases bear an identifying product code of “D-0211 LWI.” These products were produced on Aug. 23, 2011 and were shipped to distribution centers in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin for retail sale.

Meanwhile, FSIS noted that they knew about the problem on Monday, Sept. 26, when they were notified by the Ohio Department of Health of E. coli 0157:H7 illnesses in Butler County.

The illness reports were dated from Sept. 8, through Sept. 11, 2011 and an on-going investigation involved collecting leftover ground beef from the patients’ home on Sept. 19.

The samples were reportedly tested at the laboratory of Ohio Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, September 27, wherein they resulted positive for E. coli O157:H7.

With this, FSIS strongly suggests that consumers should immediately their freezers and stop consuming any product concerning this ground beef recall.

For more information, Tyson Fresh Meats is advising the public to contact their company at (866) 328-3156 or visit their official website at TysonFoods.com.



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