Due to concerns that it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, Tyson Fresh Meats has issued a recall for 40,948 pounds of ground beef chuck that was sold in 16 states. The company announced the recall late last week, calling it a "precautionary measure" after a sample of the beef was found in a USDA analysis to contain traces of the bacteria. The company also noted there have been no reported illnesses associated with the recalled meat, and that E. coli is always rendered harmless if beef is properly handled and cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
The affected beef is 80/20 ground beef chuck produced on October 24, 2011 with USDA code Est. 245C and production code D-0381-BH on the package. The beef had a "best before" or "freeze by" date of November 13, 2011, and it was sold in states including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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