Fans of red meat might want to check with their grocers or steer clear of grilling up steak for a while (MainStreet suggests checking with grocers).
In the meantime, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are conducting an ongoing investigation into 24 illnesses in several states. At least 18 of the cases appear to be associated, the USDA says.
The current recall includes intact cuts of beef typically used for steaks and roasts produced on April 21 by the JBS Swift Beef Company, in Greeley, Colo. This is an expansion of a previous recall of 41,280 pounds of beef products from JBS Swift.
Earlier in June Holten Meat recalled about 241,000 pounds of ground beef that could contain “foreign materials,” and last month, Valley Meats recalled nearly 100,000 pounds of ground beef on E. coli concerns.
This JBS Swift recall applies to boxes of beef labeled "EST. 969," with a package date of 042109, and a time stamp between 0618 and 1130, but the beef was sold to retail stores nationwide for more processing and new packaging may not bear those numbers.
The strain of E. coli in question can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, kidney failure and death. Ground beef made from the intact beef is the highest risk product under the recall, the USDA says.
Customers with concerns should contact the store where they bought the meat, and those concerned about an illness should see a doctor, the USDA says.
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