E. coli scare prompts beef recall
Cincinnati ? Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef because a family in Ohio fell ill after eating meat produced by the company that was contaminated with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday.
The 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, company spokesman Gary Mickelson said.
Tyson produced the affected meat at its plant in Emporia, Kan., on Aug. 23, the USDA said in a news release.
Four children became ill after eating the meat with their family in Butler County, Ohio, in the second week of September, said Butler County Health Department director Pat Burg. A 9-year-old child was hospitalized for about 10 days with severe diarrhea, said Burg, who declined to release the family’s name.
Ground beef from the family’s home tested positive for the bacteria. No other cases have been reported in the southwest Ohio county, Burg said.
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 family told health officials that they bought the beef at a Kroger supermarket.
Cincinnati-based Kroger spokesman Keith Dailey said the ground beef in question would have been taken off store shelves on Sept. 12 because of when it was produced. He said Kroger tracked beef to three geographic divisions where it was distributed and will have in-store signs notifying customers of the recall and details of the recalled beef.