Sunday, March 04, 2007

Tyson unit recalls ground beef on E.Coli risk

Tyson unit recalls ground beef on E.Coli risk:
USDA Fri Mar 2, 11:56 PM ET

Tyson Fresh Meats, a Wallula, Washington unit of Tyson Foods Inc., is voluntarily recalling about 16,743 pounds (7.6 tons) of ground beef that may be contaminated with E.coli, the USDA said on Friday.

The problem was discovered through routine sampling at another federally inspected establishment and the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said it had received no reports of illness associated with consumption of these products.

The ground beef was produced on February 16, 2007 and was sent to distributors in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

E.coli is potentially a deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The young, elderly and those with weakened immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

The FDA has kept me so busy this week. New cow antibiotics that create new superbugs. E Coli still out there.

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