Tyson recalling 40,000 pounds of ground beef sold in 12 states

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - Tyson Fresh Meats Incorporated recalled more than 40-thousand pounds of ground beef today after samples tested at a Sherman, Texas, plant showed signs of E. coli contamination.

Tyson says the meat was shipped to Wal-Mart stores in 12 states.

No illnesses had been reported.

Springdale-based Tyson says the recall is not related to contaminated ground beef distributed by California-based United Food Group L-L-C.

The recalled products were sent to Wal-Mart stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Wal-Mart has removed the products from its meat cases and is destroying the recalled ground beef still in its possession.

Tyson recalled 40-thousand-440 pounds of ground beef, all of which had sell-by dates of June 13th.

The ground beef was sold in prepackaged trays that were placed directly into the meat case.

The recalled products include: -One-and-a-half-pound trays of Angus steak burger all natural, 85/15, six-and-a-quarter-pound patties; -One-point-three-three-pound trays of Angus steak burger all natural, 85/15, extra thick, four-and-one-third pound patties; -Two-and-a-quarter-pound trays of 73/27 all-natural ground beef; and -Five-and-a-half-pound trays of 73/27 all-natural ground beef.

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