Beef Today Editors
JBS-Swift Beef Co. voluntarily expanded its beef recall to include about 380,000 lb. of assorted beef products, for a total recall of about 421,000 lb. The recall is due to possible contamination of E. coli O157:H7 following an investigation that found 18 illnesses that may be linked to the meat.
The beef products were produced on April 21, 2009 and were distributed both nationally and internationally.
The 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. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is aware that some of these products may have been further processed into ground products by other companies. The highest risk products for consumers are raw ground product, trim or other non-intact product made from the products subject to the recall.
Each box bears the establishment number "EST. 969" inside the USDA 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.
It is unlikely the recall will be expanded further, and JBS will be contacting customers that received the beef to learn how the product was distributed, according to JBS spokesperson Chandler Keys.