Tyson Fresh Meats Recall Over 131,000 Lbs. of Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

On September 27th, Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. announced that the company was recalling approximately 131,300 lbs. of ground beef products.  The recall was announced due to the possibility that the ground beef products are contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7.  Tyson Fresh Meats is an Emporia, KS establishment.

The problem was revealed when the FSIS was notified by the Ohio Department of Health that E. Coli illnesses had been detected in Butler County.  As the investigation continued, ground beef samples were collected from the patients’ homes.  These samples were tested by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and were found to be positive for E. Coli O157:H7.

All of the ground beef products included in this recall have a “BEST BEFORE or FREEZE BY” date of Sept. 12, 2011.  An establishment number of 245D is also inked along the package seam.

Products involved in the recall include:

*    Butcher’s Brand 3-pound chubs “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 North Carolina and South Carolina for retail sale.

*    Generic label 3-pound chubs “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 Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin for retail sale.

*    Kroger brand 5-pound chubs  “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 Indiana and Tennessee for retail sale.

The FSIS warns that some consumers may have this product in their freezers, and that any of the recalled beef products found in the home should be discarded immediately.

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Jaquith Strawberry Farm Source of E. Coli Outbreak in Oregon That Has Sickened 14 and Left 1 Dead

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

According to Oregon Public Health Division officials, deer feces found in strawberry fields in Yamhill and Washington counties were the source of E. Coli infections that have left at least 15 people sick and one dead in July.

Oregon residents who were sickened were those in Clatsop, Multnomah and Washington counties.  Seven of the 15 who became ill required hospitalization, and the individual who died was an elderly woman from Washington County who succumbed after suffering kidney failure associated with the E. Coli infection.

Oregon Public Health Division researchers found that six samples collected of deer feces matched the strain of the bacteria found in those who were sickened.  Investigators aren’t certain why E. Coli has never been revealed in strawberries in the United States before due to the fact that they have known for over 15 years that deer can carry the E. Coli bacteria.  E. Coli has commonly been found in other crops including sprouts, apple cider and spinach.

Dr. Katrina Hedberg, Oregon’s state epidemiologist, said that researchers are still uncertain about why the outbreak occurred at this place and time, and that perhaps the exceptionally wet and cold summer experienced this year may have factored in to the feces coming in contact with the strawberries.

The locations where the tainted strawberries were sold include numerous farmers’ markets and retail outlets including Hand’s Berry Stands, Lana Dee Farms, Lee Farms and Fir Point Farms, Valley Berry Farms and numerous other roadside/farm stands.  A complete list can be found at http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/FSD/strawberries.shtml.

Berries that have not been implicated in this E. Coli outbreak include strawberries sold since August 1st, 2011, strawberries sold in grocery stores, those grown in southwest Washington State, strawberries picked at Acquit Strawberry Farm’s U-pick field and various types of berries other than strawberries.

Consumers who may have the frozen berries in their freezers are urged to discard them.  None of the contaminated strawberries remain on the market.

E. Coli food poisoning infection is one form of food poisoning that leave most individuals with only mild “stomach-flu” like E. Coli symptoms, but some individuals are at increased risks of developing serious complications such as kidney failure.

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40,000 Lbs. of Ground Beef Products Recalled By Amarillo, TX Company Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

On September 23rd, an Amarillo, Texas establishment announced that it is recalling approximately 40,000 lbs. of ground beef products due to potential contamination with E. Coli O157:H7.  The announcement was made by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The problem was revealed following routine testing; lab results confirmed that the beef tested positive for E. Coli O157:H7 on September 22nd.  It is believed that the beef products made it in to commerce because of a sample tracking error.  The beef products being recalled were produced on September 9th of this year and shipped to two warehouses in Georgia where they would be further distributed to institutions including six school districts which participate in the National School Lunch Program.  At the time of the recall, the FSIS was not aware that any of the contaminated products had been served in school lunches, and there are no reports of illness at the current time.

The ground beef products included in this recall bear a production code of 19110, and each case bears “Est. 7282″ inside the USDA mark of inspection as well.  The recalled beef products are packaged in 40 lb. boxes, each box containing four 10 lb. chubs.

For effective E. Coli prevention, ground beef should always be cooked thoroughly in order to kill all potentially harmful bacteria, and should never be eaten when pink or rare.  Safe food handling practices should also be followed; hands, surfaces and all utensils should be thoroughly washed and disinfected after handling raw meat.

E. Coli O157:H7 is potentially deadly, particularly to those individuals with compromised immune systems or who are very young or elderly.  E. Coli Symptoms include dehydration, abdominal cramps, nausea and diarrhea, sometimes bloody in nature.

Those who have become ill after eating foods that are contaminated with E. Coli food poisoning or other bacteria should seek medical attention for E. Coli treatment; you may also be entitled to compensation of costs associated with your illness.

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