DAKOTA CITY | The Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Dakota City is recalling an estimated 16,000 pounds of ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination, a release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services said.
The recall is for Tyson's 5-pound packages of 80 percent lean ground beef. The beef was produced May 16 and has a June 5 “best before or freeze by” date.
The possibly contaminated product was shipped to one distribution location in New York, the release said.
Federal officials were alerted to the problem during routine sampling and are concerned the products might have been sold in stores and be in consumers' homes. No sicknesses due to consumption of the product have been reported, the release said.
E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that causes dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps for several days. Most victims recover in a week, but some can develop a type of kidney failure.
Officials advise consumers to handle raw meat safely, including making sure it has been cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees.