E. Coli Scare Prompts Tyson Beef Recall

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Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling approximately 131,300 pounds of ground beef over fears the meat is contaminated with E. coli.
    
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there's a chance it could be contaminated with the bacteria after four young siblings in Butler, Ohio, became sick Sept. 12.

Beef from the family's home, purchased from Kroger supermarket, tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. 

Though most forms of the bacteria are harmless, the strain in question can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting, according to the Mayo Clinic.

"We encourage our customers to check their freezers and refrigerators," Cincinnati-based Kroger spokesman Keith Dailey said.
   
According to Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson, the recalled products include:

  • Kroger brands at Kroger Co. supermarkets
  • Butcher's Beef at Food Lion supermarkets
  • Generic beef sold to SAV-A-LOT, Spectrum Foods, Supervalu and the Defense Commissary Agency    

The meat was produced on Aug. 23 at Tyson's Emporia, Kan., plant.

For more information on this recall visit the USDA's website.

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