Tyson recalling 40,000 pounds of beef sold in 12 states

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - Tyson Fresh Meats today recalled more than 40,000 pounds of ground beef.

Samples tested at a Sherman, Texas, plant showed signs of E.coli contamination in meat produced on June 2. The beef was shipped to Wal-Mart stores in 12 states.

Tyson officials received lab tests Wednesday during their routine testing, and saw slight strains of the O157:H7 strain.

No illnesses had been reported.

The recalled products were sent to Wal-Mart stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Wal-Mart has removed the products from its meat cases and is destroying the recalled ground beef still in its possession.

"It's possible there are some products in distribution in the marketplace," said Gary Mickelson, a Tyson Foods spokesperson. "If someone believes they have a product that's affected by the recall, we encourage them to discard it, if they have other questions they're welcomed to call Tyson Foods, or Wal-Mart, or check with their local store."

Tyson has recalled 40,440 pounds of ground beef, all of which had sell-by dates of June 13th. The ground beef was sold in prepackaged trays that were placed directly into the meat case.
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The recalled products include:

-1.5 lb. trays of Angus steak burger all natural, 85/15, 6¼-pound patties;

-1.33 lb. pound trays of Angus steak burger all natural, 85/15, extra thick, 4 1/3-pound patties

- 2.25 lb. trays of 73/27 all-natural ground beef; and

- 5.5 lb. trays of 73/27 all-natural ground beef.

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