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US beef recall expanded, eighteen illnesses suspected

June 29, 2009
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A Colorado meat company is expanding a recall of beef due to possible contamination by E.coli O157:H7 bacteria after an investigation found 18 illnesses may be linked to the meat, the company and the U.S. Agriculture Department announced recently, reported by the Associated Press. Greeley, Colorado-based JBS-Swift Beef Co is voluntarily expanding its June 24 recall to include about 380,000 lbs of assorted beef products, for a total recall of about 421,000 lbs, USDA and the company said. The affected beef was produced on April 21 and was distributed nationally and internationally. USDA said the recalled products are typically used for steaks and roasts rather than ground beef. However, it said other companies might have processed some of the beef into ground products. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service investigated the contamination in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. E.coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and, in severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors, and persons with weak immune systems are at the most risk. Consumers with questions can call 1-800-685-6328. JBS Swift is a unit of Brazilian meat company JBS S.A.
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