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E. Coli Scare Prompts Beef Recall In Several States

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An estimated 131,000 pounds of ground beef have been recalled by Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., due to a possible E. coli contamination.

The recall was prompted earlier this week when the Ohio Department of Health notified the U.S. Department of Agriculture, of E. coli illnesses in Butler County, with onset dates from September 8 through 11. Most recently, beef collected from a home on September 19 tested positive, the agriculture department said.

The products involved in the recall include Kroger-brand ground beef with a product code D-0211 QW; Butcher’s Brand beef with a product code D-0211 LWIF; and generic label beef with a product code D-0211 LWI. All the beef was produced August 23, and has a "best before or freeze by" date of September 12.

Tyson urges consumers to check their freezers and return the recalled items or discard them. Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact the company at (866) 328-3156.

Symptoms of E.coli poisoning include diarrhea, dehydration and, in very severe cases, kidney failure.