June 29, 2009
Swift-brand beef recall is expanded
The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the expansion of last week's recall to include 380,000 pounds of possibly tainted Swift-brand beef.
The FSIS said the JBS Swift Beef Co. of Greeley, Colo., voluntarily expanded the recall from the original 41,280 pounds of assorted beef products that might be contaminated with E.coli O157:H7 bacteria.
The federal agency said 24 illnesses have been reported in multiple states, of which at least 18 are apparently associated with Swift beef.
The beef products were produced April 21 and were distributed both nationally and internationally.
The recalled products include intact cuts of beef, such as boxed beef typically used for steaks and roasts rather than ground beef. But the FSIS said it is aware some of the products might have been further processed into ground products by other companies.
E.coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure.
Consumers with questions can contact the company at 800-685-6328.