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TYSON RECALLS 131,000 POUNDS OF GROUND BEEF
Source: Tyson Foods news release

Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. is voluntarily recalling retail packages of ground beef produced at its plant in Emporia, Kansas, company officials reported today.

A sample of the product analyzed by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) was found to contain E. coli O157:H7. As a precautionary measure, the company is recalling approximately 131,300 pounds of ground beef. Each package bears the establishment code EST 245D as well as a "Best Before or Freeze By SEP 12, 2011." The product was produced on August 23, 2011.

The ground beef was sold in pre-packaged printed tubes or "chubs" that are placed directly into the retail meat case. The recall does not involve any clear film, tray pack ground beef or any ground beef patties.

Given the use by dates it is likely most of the affected product has already been consumed. However, the company urges consumers to check their freezers and, if they find the product in question, to return or discard it.

Specific products being recalled include:

*5 lb. chub - Kroger Quality Guaranteed Ground Beef 73% Lean 27% Fat

*3 lb. chub - Butcher's Brand Premium Beef, Ground Beef 73% Lean 27% Fat

*3 lb. chub - Ground Beef 73% Lean 27% Fat (Printed film for retail)

Tyson Fresh Meats shipped the affected ground beef to the following retail customers at distribution centers in the states listed below.

Retail Customers: The Kroger Company, Food Lion, Inc., SAV-A-LOT, Spectrum Foods, Inc., Supervalu, the Defense Commissary Agency

Distribution Center Locations: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin

A list of retail stores that subsequently received the product will be posted on USDA's website on Wednesday, September 28. Use the following link to locate the "retail distribution list."
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

Consumers are reminded that thorough cooking kills harmful bacteria, including E. coli O157:H7. People should only eat ground beef that has been cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 160 F.

Consumers with questions may call Tyson Consumer Relations at 866-328-3156. News media and health department officials who have questions should contact the company's Gary Mickelson at 479-290-6111 or gary.mickelson@tyson.com





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