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E. coli scare prompts Tyson to recall ground beef

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP)--Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef because a family in Ohio fell ill after eating meat produced by the company that was contaminated with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Sept. 28.

The recall involves Kroger, Butcher's and generic beef products that the South Dakota-based company produced at its plant in Emporia, Kan., on Aug. 23, the USDA said in a news release.

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; 3-pound packages of Butcher's Brand beef packed in 36-pound cases with the code D-0211 LWIF; and 3-pound packages of generic labeled beef packed in 36-pound cases with a product code D-0211 LWI. The beef, all 73/27 lean to fat ratio, had a "best before'' date of Sept. 12 and the number 245D inked on the packages.

Mickelson said it is likely that most of the affected product has already been consumed but urged consumers to check their freezers and return or discard any beef listed in the recall.

The beef was distributed to The Kroger Co., Food Lion, Inc.; SAV-A-LOT, Spectrum Foods, Inc., Supervalu and the Defense Commissary Agency.

A list of retail stores that received the product will be posted on the USDA's website: www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls.



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