Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef following a report that four children, including a 9-year-old who was hospitalized for about 10 days with severe diarrhea, became ill after eating the meat with their family in Butler County, Oh.
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 told The Associated Press.
Tyson produced the affected meat at its plant in Emporia, Kan., on Aug. 23, the USDA reported in a news release.
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.
“We encourage our customers to check their freezers and refrigerators,” Dailey said. Kroger loyalty card holders who bought the beef will be notified by email or telephone, and their cashier receipts will automatically print out recall information.
The Kroger divisions are: Cincinnati-Dayton, which includes Kroger stores in northern Kentucky; Delta, which includes Memphis and western Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and stores in Murray and Paducah, Ky., and Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and Central, with stores in Illinois and Indiana that include some local banners such as Food 4 Less in Chicago.
The products being recalled include 5-pound packages of Kroger-brand ground beef packed in 40-pound cases, with a product code of D-0211 QW, which was distributed in Tennessee and Indiana; 3-pound packages of Butcher’s Brand beef packed in 36-pound cases with the code D-0211 LWIF, which was distributed in North and South Carolina; and 3-pound packages of generic labeled beef packed in 36-pound cases with a product code D-0211 LWI, which was distributed in 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.
The ground beef was sold in pre-packaged printed tubes that are put directly into retail meat cases, Mickelson, Tyson Fresh Meat’s spokesman, said in a news release. He said it is likely that most of the affected product has already been consumed but urged consumers to check their freezers and return or discard any beef listed in the recall.
Anyone who becomes sick from eating the beef should notify the Connecticut Department of Health at 860 509-8000. You can also contact the Department of Consumer Protection at 860 713-6100.