On Tuesday Sep 27, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued yet another recall. This time Tyson Fresh Meats is recalling approximately 131,300 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
This recall comes on the heels of another recall issued just 3 days ago on Sep 23, for ground beef due to E. Coli O157:H7 contamination. Palo Duro Meat, an Amarillo, Texas, company, recalled 40,000 pounds of frozen fine ground beef products. The products subject to recall included 40-lb boxes containing four 10-lb chubs of fine ground beef.
The more current Tyson recall involves beef sold as Kroger brands at Kroger Co. supermarkets; Butcher’s Beef at Food Lion supermarkets; and generic beef sold to SAV-A-LOT, Spectrum Foods, Supervalu and the Defense Commissary Agency.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Butler County Ohio Health Department director Pat Burg said four children became ill after eating the meat with their family in the second week of September. A 9-year-old child was hospitalized for about 10 days with severe diarrhea, said Burg.
Ground beef from the family’s home tested positive for the bacteria. The family told health officials that they bought the Tyson beef at a Kroger supermarket.
The Ohio Department of Health confirmed that two Butler County siblings received medical treatment after becoming sick from E.coli, while other two children reported to be ill didn’t get medical treatment, spokeswoman Tessie Pollock said.
The products subject to recall have a “BEST BEFORE OR FREEZE BY” date of “SEP 12 2011″ and the establishment number “245D” ink jetted along the package seam.
FSIS warns that consumers may have frozen the product before use and that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. FSIS strongly encourages consumers to check their freezers and immediately discard any product subject to this recall.
The products to look for are:
5-pound chubs of Kroger-brand “GROUND BEEF 73% LEAN – 27% FAT,” packed in 40-pound cases containing eight chubs. Cases bear an identifying product code of “D-0211 QW.” These products were produced on Aug. 23, 2011 and were shipped to distribution centers in Ind. and Tenn. for retail sale.
3-pound chubs of Butcher’s Brand “GROUND BEEF 73% LEAN – 27% FAT,” packed in 36-pound cases each containing 12 chubs. Cases bear an identifying product code of “D-0211 LWIF.” These products were produced on Aug. 23, 2011 and were shipped to distribution centers in N.C. and S.C. for retail sale.
3-pound chubs of a generic label “GROUND BEEF 73% LEAN – 27% FAT,” packed in 36-pound cases each containing 12 chubs. Cases bear an identifying product code of “D-0211 LWI.” These products were produced on Aug. 23, 2011 and were shipped to distribution centers in Del., Fla., Ga., Md., Ill., Ind., Mo., N.Y., Ohio, Tenn., Texas and Wis. for retail sale.
The Tribune notes that the Kroger divisions included are Cincinnati-Dayton, which includes Kroger stores in northern Kentucky; Delta, which includes Memphis and western Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and stores in Murray and Paducah, Ky., and Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and Central, with stores in Illinois and Indiana that include some local banners such as Food 4 Less in Chicago.
The Butcher’s Beef brand meat was shipped to Food Lion stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Virginia and West Virginia and to Bottom Dollar Food stores in North Carolina, the company said in a news release.