Health officials in Dallas now say they confiscated beef sold off the street to owners of the Chicken Shack, which is located in the 6000 block of Lamar Street, before it could be cooked or sold to anyone else.

The suspected source of the beef is the stolen trailer, which was taken from the parking lot of  the Texas American Food Service on Dec. 19.   The trailer contained nearly 15,000 pounds of beef that was contaminated with e coli.  The beef has been missing since the mostly empty trailer was recovered on Dec. 27.

Since Monday, when the City of Dallas issued a press release, local health officials and inspectors from USDA’s Food Service & Inspection Service have been fanning out over north Dallas in hopes of recovering the stolen beef before it makes anyone sick.  They are talking to businesses and inspecting restaurants.