JBS Swift expands E. coli recall

by Bryan Salvage
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GREELEY, COLO. — JBS Swift Beef Company expanded its June 24 recall to include approximately 380,000 pounds of beef primal products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recall is being expanded as a result of an ongoing investigation into 24 illnesses in multiple states, in which at least 18 illnesses appear to be associated.

This investigation prompted JBS Swift to re-examine the effectiveness of their food-safety system for the April 21 production of beef primals, and they are conducting this recall out of caution as the safety of the products produced on a portion of that day could not be assured. The suspect beef products were produced on April 21and were distributed both nationally and internationally.

Each box bears the establishment number "EST. 969" inside the U.S.D.A. mark of inspection as well as the identifying package date of "042109" and a time stamp ranging from "0618" to "1130." However, these products were sent to establishments and retail stores nationwide for further processing and will likely not bear the establishment number "EST. 969" on products available for direct consumer purchase. Customers with concerns should contact their point of purchase.

Recalled products include intact cuts of beef, such as primals, sub-primals, or boxed beef typically used for steaks and roasts rather than ground beef. F.S.I.S. is aware other companies may have further processed some of these products into ground products. The highest-risk products for consumers are raw ground product, trim or other non-intact product made from the products subject to the recall.

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