(RxWiki News) Tyson Fresh Meats has recalled nearly 41,000 pounds of ground beef in 16 states believed to be contaminated with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced.
The possible contamination was discovered during routine agency monitoring, and so far no cases of illness have been reported.
"Cook beef to a temperature of 160 degrees to ensure safety."
Nebraska-based Tyson Fresh Meats has recalled 10-pound chubs of 80/20 ground beef packed in cases containing eight chubs. The recalled products have a "best before or freeze by" date of Nov. 13, 2011, and a stamped "EST. 245C" on the box label.
The ground beef was 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.
E. coli may cause gastrointestinal problems such as bloody diarrhea. It also causes dehydration and can result in kidney failure in severe cases. Children, older adults and those with a compromised immune system are most susceptible to becoming ill after eating contaminated products.
U.S. Department of Agriculture officials advise that fresh and frozen raw meat products should only be eaten after they have been cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
This temperature is high enough to kill the bacteria if it is present.
Consumers with questions about the recall can reach Tyson at (866) 328-3156.