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40K pounds of ground beef recalled over E. coli concern

A Nebraska meatpacker is recalling more than 40,000 pounds of ground beef products distributed in 16 states after a test confirmed the presence of E. coli.

December 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A Nebraska meatpacker is recalling 40,000 pounds of ground beef because of E. coli contamination.

The meat was processed by Tyson Fresh Meats and distributed to several states, including California.

Other states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The products in question are 10-pound chubs of 80/20 chuck fine ground beef.

Tests show that some of the meat used for that batch does have E. coli, which in severe cases can cause kidney failure.

The USDA advises all consumers to safely prepare raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.