June 3, 2015 – Springdale, Ark. – Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., is voluntarily recalling approximately 16,000 pounds of 80% Lean Ground Beef in 5-pound chubs. The product was distributed to one food distributor in New York state.
Through their routine sampling program, a sample of the product analyzed by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service was found to contain E. coli O157:H7. There have been no reported illnesses related to this food. The voluntary recall is being initiated as a precaution. Tyson Fresh Meats is in the process of accounting for the affected product and placing it on hold.
Approximately 200 cases of this ground beef were produced at one plant location on May 16, 2015. Each 5-pound chub bears the establishment code 245C and a “best before or freeze by” date of June 5, 2015. Product cases may be identified by code D-0371-BH which is printed on the exterior label.
Food safety experts advise consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 °F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.
Consumers with questions may call Tyson Consumer Relations department at 866-328-3156. News media and health department officials who have questions should contact Worth Sparkman at 479-290-6358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest producers of chicken, beef, pork and prepared foods that include leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee® frozen desserts, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®. The company was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. Tyson Foods provides a wide variety of protein-based and prepared foods products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, supplying customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. It has approximately 124,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.