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SPRINGDALE, Ark. - The fresh meat division of Tyson Foods here recalled about 40,000 pounds of fresh ground beef on Friday, after samples tested at its Sherman, Texas plant showed signs of E. coli contamination.
Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. issued the recall of 40,440 pounds of ground beef shipped to Wal-Mart stores in 12 states, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. No illnesses have been reported as linked to the ground beef. all of which had sell-by dates of June 13. The ground beef was sold in case-ready prepackaged trays.
Tyson Foods said the recall is not related to contaminated ground beef distributed by California-based United Food Group LLC, the subject of a recall that over the weekend was expanded to 5.7 million pounds.
Tyson's recalled products went to Wal-Mart stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. FSIS said Wal-Mart has removed the products from its meat cases and is destroying the recalled ground beef still in its possession, officials said.
The problem was discovered through trim sampling conducted by Tyson at the plant.