Beef distributor won't give details of meat in Oklahoma

Thursday, August 15th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A national beef distributor that recalled 19 million pounds of ground beef won't say if any was sold in Oklahoma.

ConAgra Beef Company recalled the meat because of possible E-coli contamination.

State health officials are bristling because ConAgra is only releasing names of states that received the bad meat if a related illness has been reported.

The U-S Agriculture Department confirmed some of the recalled beef was sent to Oklahoma.

But a ConAgra spokesman was quoted as saying ``if there are no cases in a state, there doesn't seem to be a reason to pursue the investigation.''

One state health official says it shouldn't be up to customers to find out if they bought contaminated beef.