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E. coli scare prompts a beef recall

No New England stores were listed as having ground beef that was recalled. No New England stores were listed as having ground beef that was recalled. (Associated Press/File 2011)
Associated Press / September 29, 2011

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EMPORIA, Kan. - Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef because a family in Ohio fell ill after eating meat contaminated with E. coli, the Department of Agriculture said yesterday.

The recall involves Kroger, Butcher’s, and generic beef products the company produced in Emporia, Kan.

The products being recalled were distributed in Tennessee, Indiana, North and South Carolina; Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

The beef, all 73/27 lean-to-fat ratio, had a “best before’’ date of Sept. 12 and the number 245D inked on the packages.

A news release said that the ground beef was sold in prepackaged printed tubes that are put directly into retail meat cases, and that it is likely most of the affected product has already been consumed. But consumers are urged to return or discard any recalled beef.

The beef was distributed to Kroger Co., Food Lion Inc.; Sav-A-Lot, Spectrum Foods Inc., Supervalu, and the Defense Commissary Agency.

A list of stores that received the product will be posted at