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Tyson recalls beef after E. coli found

CINCINNATI -- Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef because a family in Ohio fell ill after eating meat produced by the company that was contaminated with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported yesterday.

The recall involves beef sold as Kroger brands at Kroger Co. supermarkets; Butcher's Beef at Food Lion supermarkets; and generic beef sold to SAV-A-LOT, Spectrum Foods, Supervalu and the Defense Commissary Agency, company spokesman Gary Mickelson told The Associated Press.

Tyson produced the affected meat at its plant in Emporia, Kan., on Aug. 23, the USDA said.

Four children became ill after eating the meat with their family in Butler County, Ohio, in the second week of September, said county Health Department director Pat Burg. A 9-year-old child was hospitalized for about 10 days with severe diarrhea. Ground beef from the family's home tested positive for the bacteria. No other cases have been reported in the southwest Ohio county, Burg said. -- AP

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