Due to harmful bacteria that slipped into some part of a Tyson processing plant’s operations, ground meat from more than 331 cows will end up in the garbage. The company is recalling 131,300 pounds of ground beef after Ohio Department of Health inspectors found E. coli O157:H7 in a sample.
The figure of 331 trashed cows is based on an industry average of 596 pounds of red meat and trim left after a cow is slaughtered and unusable bits are cut away. Subtract 27 pounds of variety meat (tongue, heart, liver, tripe, brains, and sweetbread). Then take off another 146 pounds of fat, bone and miscellaneous loss. That leaves approximately 396 pounds of meat per cow. Divide 131,300 by 396, and that gives 331.57 cows.
That is an inexact figure, of course. Only the ground beef is being thrown out. The organ meats were sold separately. The hide likely went off to a tanner. Some of the meat was eaten and made four siblings in Butler County, Ohio, sick. Two children needed medical attention. The 9-year-old ended up in the hospital for 10 days. That led to the recall.
The family purchased the ground beef from a Kroger supermarket so all meat with the same code is being recalled. Full details are on the Tyson Web site.
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