U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are asking for more beef in strips district meat after an outbreak at a Tennessee pig slaughterhouse left seven people sick.
The agency announced Thursday that the department is issuing the requests for proposals for beef and pork to state and local governments to help address the outbreak.
Officials said the beef is beef that is grown on land managed by Tyson Foods Inc. in the northern part of the state, and the pork is beef from Texas-based Cargill.
The USDA said the requests were requested to increase supply to state, county and municipal governments.
Cargill said in a statement that it’s working closely with USDA to address the potential public health threat.
The company said the USDA has asked for additional data on the outbreak, including information about herd sizes, size and type of cattle used and whether animals are used in confined feedlot operations.