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Meat recalled after Ohio family falls sick

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CINCINNATI (AP) - 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 Wednesday.

The recall involves beef sold as Kroger and generic brands at Kroger 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 in a news release.

Four children became ill after eating the meat with their family in Butler County, Ohio, in the second week of September, said Butler County Health Department director Pat Burg. A 9-year-old child was hospitalized for about 10 days with severe diarrhea, said Burg, who declined to release the family's name.

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.

The family told health officials that they bought the Tyson beef at a Kroger supermarket. Kroger said it sells both a generic and a Kroger brand of beef, but the recall in Ohio applied only to generic products.

Cincinnati-based Kroger spokesman Keith Dailey said the ground beef in question would have been taken off store shelves on Sept. 12, because of when it was produced. He said Kroger is tracking the beef to the geographic divisions where it was distributed and will have in-store signs notifying customers of the recall and details of the recalled beef.

"We encourage our customers to check their freezers and refrigerators," Dailey said.

Also, Kroger loyalty card holders who bought the beef will be notified by email or telephone, and their cashier receipts will automatically print out recall information.

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