The recall of almost 100,000 pound beef, possibly challenged with E. coli, is the second big meat that has been…
The recall of almost 100,000 pound beef, possibly challenged with E. coli, is the second big meat that has been recalled by JBS USA, a unit of the world’s largest meat processor for many months.
Swift Beef Co. recalled 99,260 pounds of beef, many polluted with E. coli, a potentially fatal bacterium, announced the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
Swift Beef sent recalled meat to retail distributors for further processing and food suppliers for institutional use in five states, including California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, said the agency.
The problem was discovered the previous day after FSIS found E. coli in the beef of a Swift Beef customer. It led to a recall of about 530 pound beef, patties and meatballs sent to restaurants across Utah.
Swift Beef is a part of JBS USA, which at the beginning of Octoberwhich has now affected 246 people, of which 59 were in hospitals, the disease control centers reported last week.
JBS confirmed the withdrawal in an email to CBS MoneyWatch. A spokesman said in a statement that “while only a test in the commercial test positive and no consumers have reported disease, we have taken this cautious approach to protecting consumer safety.”
JBS works with USDA to ensure that “Potentially affected product is removed from stores and homes”, the spokesperson found that refused views on whether there was any link between recalls and if the company had made any changes.
JBS is a subsidiary of Brazil’s JBS SA, the world’s largest fresh meat and pork processor.
sold nationwide in an E. coli outbreak that killed one person and injured 17 others.