Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., a Dakota City, Neb. establishment, is recalling approximately 40,948 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday.
At this time, the recall only involves 10-pound chubs of chuck fine ground beef 80/20, packed in cases of eight chubs.
The USDA added that the items they are concerned about have a “BEST BEFORE OR FREEZE BY” date of “11/13/11” and “EST. 245C” on the box label.
The products were shipped to institutions and distributors in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The FSIS revealed that the E. coli tainted beef was discovered during routine monitoring but added that there have been no reports of illnesses associated with the product as of yet.
Per the FSIS website, consumers are advised to safely prepare raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees.
Individuals with additional questions regarding the recall are advised to contact Tyson Fresh Meats at (866) 328-3156.