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Ground beef recalled in Kansas, other states

June 9, 2007

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Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. on Friday recalled more than 40,000 pounds of ground beef shipped to Wal-Mart stores in Kansas and 11 other states after samples tested at a Sherman, Texas, plant showed signs of E. coli contamination.

No illnesses had been reported. Other states affected are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Wal-Mart has removed the products from its meat cases.

The recalled ground beef had sell-by dates of June 13. The products include 1 1/2-pound trays of Angus steak burger all natural, 85/15, six quarter-pound patties; 1.33-pound trays of Angus steak burger all natural, 85/15, extra thick, 4 1/3-pound patties; 2 1/4-pound trays of 73/27 all-natural ground beef; and 5 1/2-pound trays of 73/27 all-natural ground beef.

Comments

erod0723 8 years, 1 month ago

Beef, I guess it's not what's for dinner....

erod0723 8 years, 1 month ago

"And to think the government refuses to allow one kansas rancher to test each head of cattle for fear of the precedent that will be se" A federal court ruled on March 29 of this year that the meat plant in Ark City, Creekstone Farms, that you speak of could start its testing of cattle for Mad Cow disease. The USDA is appealing, but will probably lose.

Sigmund 8 years, 1 month ago

Merrill, I just don't get it. Why do you make claims and then post links that either don't exist or don't support your claims? It is just so.... idiotic. Honestly, and I am sorry if this sounds mean spirited, but every time I try and understand what the heck you are on about and I click a link, it either doesn't exists or simply doesn't support your assertion. Why bother????

blackwalnut 8 years, 1 month ago

Notice how the Journal-World does not put the word Wal-Mart in this headline.

And the bias of this paper goes on!

coneflower 8 years, 1 month ago

All 40,000 pounds of meat went to Wal-Mart?

I'm sure they got the meat from the cheapest source, with the exploitation of laborers (and animals) described in Fast Food Nation. The slaughterhouse conditions - lines move too fast - lead to contamination of meat with e.coli and only a tiny percentage gets found, because most people cook their meat well enough and don't get sick. You are eating dead e.coli. And once in awhile someone dies.

You get what you paid for.

I agree about this newspaper's bias when it comes to articles about Wal-Mart. Anything negative for Wal-Mart, gets a headline nobody will notice. It happens so consistently it cannot be anything but deliberate editorial bias.

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 1 month ago

The article does not say why it was recalled. E. coli? Salmonella? Melamine?

Godot 8 years, 1 month ago

It is the great E. coli conspiracy. They are everywhere, plotting, planning, exploiting the media, and then... they attack.

coneflower 8 years, 1 month ago

Fast Food Nation explains all this. The giant slaughterhouses that hire illegal aliens at less than minimum wage run the lines so fast that intestines are broken during the slaughter, spilling e.coli everywhere. For 40,000 pounds of meat to be contaminated, it was not the usual daily accident, but business as usual.

This is one reason I eat less meat, and when I do, I buy it from a small local operation. It tastes better and grass-fed is more nutritious. And a small operation isn't likely to be slicing open intestines during the slaughter.

You people who buy your food at Wal-Mart get what you pay for. Most of you eat too much anyway. Buy better food that will nourish you, and eat less of it.

coneflower 8 years, 1 month ago

How much of this meat was sold before it was removed from Wal-Mart's cases?

And does the Journal-World not value the safety of its readers? Because the right thing to do would be to put Wal-Mart in the headline, so people who had bought meat there would read the article and check their packages.

karensisson 8 years, 1 month ago

The meat was sold at Wal-Mart. Why am I not surprised.

cowboy 8 years, 1 month ago

buy locally produced beef , get a feezer , buy a side of beef , you won't believe the difference in quality , taste , and value , we have done this for years and end up paying an average of 2.25 per pound for choice quality beef.

Its really nice to go to the store and not buy meat too , you save a ton of money !

Godot 8 years, 1 month ago

I recall that Dillons, Hyvee and Checkers were in the news recently because they sold food that was subject to recall.

karensisson 8 years, 1 month ago

Godot: Really? Where did you hear that? Did the Journal-World report this?

Three searches - of each of those stores with the word "recall" - at news.Google.com (U.S.) gets no hits. A search of "Wal-Mart" and "recall" gets hits.

Sigmund 8 years, 1 month ago

Walmart wasn't mentioned in the headline because Tyson did the recall. My gawd you all are so desperate it is laughable! But you are right Tyson Food has bought privileges, favors, and lack of oversight by regulators. Feel free to google "Tyson Big Profits Political Favors" for all the scandalous details.

karensisson 8 years, 1 month ago

If the Journal-World wanted to serve the public by making sure they knew the recall might apply to them, so they might avoid eating e.coli meat they purchased, the J-W would have mentioned the brand and/or retailer in the headline. They mentioned neither.

karensisson 8 years, 1 month ago

BTW I know someone who got very sick from e.coli from eating tainted meat. It is not a sickness you'd want to get. Very dangerous.

Sigmund 8 years, 1 month ago

Even Dos Merc had to pull "oraganic" illegal Mexican picked spinach and lettuce not to long ago because of food born poisons. Bottom line, overall our food supply is far more varied and healthful than it was 50 years ago.

Sigmund 8 years, 1 month ago

E. Coli. is nasty and not to be messed with. That is why stuff get pulled so quickly. The spinach out break killed at least 3. 26 states were affected, with at least 200 cases of the disease being reported as of December 23, 2006. Three deaths were confirmed to be from the outbreak source with an elderly woman in Wisconsin, a 2 year old in Idaho, and an elderly woman in Nebraska. A fourth death of an elderly woman in Maryland is still under investigation to determine if it is linked to this outbreak. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_United_States_E._coli_outbreak

blackwalnut 8 years, 1 month ago

Sigmund --

Your comments about Tyson are on the mark. One of the reasons I don't shop at Wal-Mart is because I know they are going to the absolutely rock-bottom cheapest supplier in every case and compromises on quality just have to be made. Tyson is running a poor operation, cutting costs by compromising safety.

Sigmund 8 years, 1 month ago

Has anyone gotten sick from this meat anywhere? I noticed Tyson "all-natural" label in the product names. Tyson "all-natural" products are sold to many many retailers. I guess a truly accurate headline would have read "Tyson 'All-Natural' Beef Distributed by Walmart Voluntarily Recalled: No Reported Illnesses" Kind of a tempest in a teapot don't you think?

Sigmund 8 years, 1 month ago

I also avoid all Tyson products, no matter what store they are sold in. Especially their chicken and chicken "nuggets", whatever they are...

blackwalnut 8 years, 1 month ago

http://www.dglaw.com/resource/winter2003_03.shtml

Sigmund -- Your headline works. Some of that meat was sold. Don't you think the public should be alerted so they don't eat it?

Sigmund 8 years, 1 month ago

I am not sure even putting "Walmart E. Coli" is the same headline would grab the publics attention away from "Paris Hilton Goes To Jail: Cries Mommy As Led Away in Cuffs." Honestly, I don't have much of a problem with the current headline under the current circumstances, nor mine. Obviously that would change dramatically if there is one reported illness.

As to the theory that all the editors and staff of the LJW Online are making a conscious effort to hide Walmart from controversy, no I don't. And I doubt Dolph Jr. approves every headline, if he did you can be sure Walmart and E. Coli would be in the same headline. The hits on the website and all the posters drive advertising revenue as you recently pointed out.

blackwalnut 8 years, 1 month ago

First post was at 4 p.m. today. Some stories get their first hit before dawn.

Godot 8 years, 1 month ago

My son was made very sick; down for five days, lost weight he could not afford to lose, because he ate pizza from a very well known local pizzaria.

E. coli, they are everywhere, they are plotting, planning, and then....they attack!!

Must mount pre-emptive attack on E. coli!!!!

Richard Heckler 8 years, 1 month ago

And to think the government refuses to allow one kansas rancher to test each head of cattle for fear of the precedent that will be set.

http://www.tryveg.com/cfi/toc/?v=07dining

http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/recipes/tofu-recipes.php

http://www.vrg.org/recipes/vjseitan.htm

Godot 8 years, 1 month ago

ohmagawd, the AP is in on the conspiracy!!!! Is there nothing we can trust?????

Sigmund 8 years, 1 month ago

That is kind of the point, of the hundreds of thousands of pounds of beef produced by Tyson and sold by Walmart, one incident of a voluntary recall prior to any illness does not make either a evil corporation who needs to be banned from building a store in Lawrence. It is simply an absurd hysterical over reaction of the kind we have come to know and love out of the radical left. Only the desperate resort to those kind of tactics and only the shallowest of minds (or true believers) are swayed by them.

Similarly, just one example of a possible bias in one headline doesn't mean that every editor and staff member at LJW Online is "Pro Wally World." I would bet money LJW employees are just as split as the general community on the issue. I would also wager that if you wrote an editorial critical of the LJW headlines and your perceived bias (free of developturd rhetoric and little gray alien abduction theories) they would gladly publish it. I would think your editorial would generate a ton of traffic on LJW Online and Dolph Jr. wouldn't mind in the least, as you rightly pointed out.

blackwalnut 8 years, 1 month ago

Walmart 6th/Wak, editorial pro: "Wal-Mart Benefit" Rebuttal editorial: "No Benefit"

Just one example.

karensisson 8 years, 1 month ago

Sigmund (Anonymous) says: That is kind of the point, of the hundreds of thousands of pounds of beef produced by Tyson and sold by Walmart, one incident of a voluntary recall prior to any illness does not make either a evil corporation who needs to be banned from building a store in Lawrence.

I've scrolled up and I don't see where anyone made this leap. Who talked about the land use issue in here?

This illustrates how cheaper compromises quality, that's all. And Tyson's poor practices.

Sigmund 8 years, 1 month ago

Hundreds of thousand of pounds of meat processing and one voluntary recall prior to anyone getting ill is hardly "compromised." Cheap does not necessarily mean shoddy, it can simply mean efficient. Double the wages of the Tyson workers and there is no reason to believe quality increases, it just gets more expensive. Just because you pay more at the Merc doesn't mean it is better or healthier.

I try not to avoid Tyson products for a variety of reasons but realistically I have no idea where the places I eat lunch get their ingredients. But millions of people buy Tyson, they buy them at Walmart and elsewhere, and they haven't had a problem. If they have saved some money in the process, good for them.

Sigmund 8 years, 1 month ago

Should be, "I try to avoid Tyson..." I wish there was and edit feature on this site like there is on others.

blackwalnut 8 years, 1 month ago

Sigmund: You are right about Tyson. The reason they and other huge slaughterhouses run the lines so fast is just to save money. They'd do it no matter what the labor cost was. If they are doing it while paying illegals sub-minimum wage, you can bet they'd do it if they paid a better wage. There are two reasons to boycott Tyson: the human rights issue (people get injured too, it's not just cow intestines spilling sh** on the meat) and the health issue.

It's the reason I don't buy grocery store meat very often. Restaurant meat is a problem, I don't know where it comes from.

Sigmund 8 years, 1 month ago

It is not so much a boycott as a personal choice. BTW there is a second beef recall processed by United Food Group LLC. Sorry, there is no indication that Walmart nor Carl Rove was involved. Also there is no indication that this was caused by low wages, efficient process, or Albertson's paying a low price for the ground beef they sell at a low price to consumers trying to get the most for their money. But I guess we could always hope. I wonder if the LJW's failure to cover this is an example of their prejudice against Walmart? http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/united-food-expands-recall-possibly/story.aspx?guid=%7B94BB2BC1-F9F3-4944-910C-403FBF2BAC00%7D

RKLOG 8 years, 1 month ago

For flying spaghetti monster's sake don't freakin eat the food at Walmart! It's unsafe for both humans and animals. Low quality in a Walmart hair dryer only hurts hair. Low quality in food can kill, or make you spent the rest of the summer on the pot.

Emily Hadley 8 years, 1 month ago

If the meat was ONLY shipped to Wal-Mart stores, it should absolutely be in the title, assuming the purpose is to inform people, rather than just pass on a small news item? It isn't as if the title of the story is too brief to reasonably include the store name.

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