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E. Coli Concern Prompts Tyson Ground Beef Recall

Tyson Fresh Meats is recalling approximately 40,948 pounds of ground beef in 16 states because the meat may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7. 

In a recall alert issued late Friday, the Dakota City, NE-based company said the problem was discovered through routine Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) testing, which confirmed a positive result for E. coli 0157:H7.

 

There have been no reports of illnesses linked to the beef.

The recall is of 10-pound chubs of “CHUCK FINE GROUND BEEF 80/20,” packed in cases containing eight chubs (chubs are cylinders of ground beef). The ground beef has a “best before or freeze by” date of 11/13/11 and “est. 245C” on the box label.

The beef was shipped to institutions and distributors in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information about the recall, contact the company at 866-328-3156.

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  • jmunsell

    When recalls have been announced at small plants which ship meat before obtaining lab test results, these small plants are villified as being more than stupid for not utilizing “Test & Hold” protocol. In this case, ground beef produced by an industry GIANT in early November, subsequently tested by FSIS in mid-December, reveals the presence of E.coli. Did Tyson utilize Test & Hold? Very odd.
    Equally puzzling is the time frame separating Tyson’s production date with FSIS’s lab testing date. There may very well be a legitimate reason for the delay, which should be explained to us.
    There is more to this story, and hopefully we will obtain more info and let this blog discuss it.
    John Munsell

  • John Munsell

    When recalls have been announced at small plants which ship meat before obtaining lab test results, these small plants are villified as being more than stupid for not utilizing “Test & Hold” protocol. In this case, ground beef produced by an industry GIANT in early November, subsequently tested by FSIS in mid-December, reveals the presence of E.coli. Did Tyson utilize Test & Hold? Very odd.
    Equally puzzling is the time frame separating Tyson’s production date with FSIS’s lab testing date. There may very well be a legitimate reason for the delay, which should be explained to us.
    There is more to this story, and hopefully we will obtain more info and let this blog discuss it.
    John Munsell