Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. Recalls Beef for Potential E. Coli Contamination

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. of Dakota City, NE has announced the recall of about 40,948 pounds of ground beef products because of potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

The health risk of this Class I recall is high considering that as a potentially dangerous bacterium, E. coli O157:H7 can cause a person to suffer dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and, in the most serious incidents, kidney failure. Individuals who are young, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are the most at risk of suffering foodborne illness from E. coli.

The Tyson products being recalled are 10-pound chubs of “CHUCK FINE GROUND BEEF 80/20,” which are contained in cases of eight chubs and have a “BEST BEFORE OR FREEZE BY” date of “11/13/11” and “EST. 245C” on the box label. Consumers in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin should be on alert about the recalled ground beef as these products were shipped to establishments and distributors in these states.

Tyson hasn’t received any reports of illnesses in association with the recalled E. coli ground beef. The contamination was discovered during routine FSIS monitoring with confirmation on a positive result for E. coli O157:H7.

Consumers have been advised by the FSIS to not consume the recalled ground beef products. Consumers can contact Tyson at (866) 328-3156 if they have any questions about the recall.

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