Thousands of Pounds of Beef Recalled for E. coli Scare
Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. could be more aptly named right about now. The company is pulling approximately 131,300 pounds of potentially tainted beef from stores this week after a family in Ohio fell ill from E. coli contamination, the Huffington Post reports.
The family, whose four children were sickened by the meat, bought the meat at a local Kroger supermarket. One of the children, a nine-year-old, was hospitalized for 10 days with severe diarrhea. Meat in the family’s home tested positive for E. coli bacteria.
Cincinnati-based Kroger spokesman Keith Dailey said that Kroger traced the distribution of the meat and pinpointed three geographic divisions, where stores will now display signs notifying customers of the recall. Kroger customers who purchased the beef from the tainted batch will also receive phone calls and emails notifying them with details of the recall. Most of the meat, however, has likely already been consumed, said Tyson spokesperson Gary Mickelson.
The meat was also distributed through a number of other stores, including Food Lion—which sells the product as Butcher’s Beef brand, in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Virginia and West Virginia—and to Bottom Dollar Food stores in North Carolina, reports the Huffington Post.
The meat was also distributed as a generic beef brand to stores in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.