Tyson Ground Beef Recall: 5 Things You Need to Know

hamburgerBesides deadly cantaloupe, there's a new food in your fridge to fear -- ground beef. Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling more than 130,000 pounds of ground beef due to possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7. So if you were planning on some burgers anytime soon, you may want to rethink that.

Here are five things you need to know about the beef recall that may determine your family's dinner tonight:


1. The beef was recalled after a family in Ohio became sick after eating it. According to USA Today, a 9-year-old was hospitalized for 10 days, while others in the family became ill but didn't require hospitalization. The contaminated beef was found in their home.

2. The products being recalled include three- and five-pound tubes of ground beef with a 73/27 fat ratio, specifically:

  • 5-pound packages of Kroger-brand ground beef packed in 40-pound cases, with a product code of D-0211 QW. They were distributed in Tennessee and Indiana.
  • 3-pound packages of Butcher's Brand beef packed in 36-pound cases with the code D-0211 LWIF. They were distributed in North and South Carolina.
  • 3-pound packages of generic labeled beef packed in 36-pound cases with a product code D-0211 LWI. They were distributed in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

3. A list of the specific stores in which the potentially contaminated beef was sold can help you determine if you may have purchased the beef.

4. Because there was a sell by date of September 12 on the beef, it's no longer on store shelves. Consumers are advised to check their freezers to make sure they don't have any of it.

5. Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact Tyson at (866) 328-3156.

While these recalls make me more afraid to feed my family each time one comes out (which seems like every day, no?), in this case -- unlike with the cantaloupe -- at least there's something you can do to prevent anyone from getting sick from it or any other future contaminated meat. When it comes to ground beef, as long as you follow safe handling instructions and make sure you cook it to at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit, it's safe since E. coli can't live at such high temperatures.

Still, I think we'll have tofu for dinner tonight.

Do you have any of the recalled ground beef?

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