Another day, another ground beef recall—at least, that’s how it seems lately, doesn’t it? According to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Swift Beef Co. has issued a recall of 99,260 pounds of raw non-intact ground beef products due to an E. coli contamination concern. E. coli is serious and can cause health issues such as diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and even kidney failure.

According to a statement from JBS USA, “On Saturday, November 17, 2018, JBS USA initiated a voluntary recall of ground beef products from our Hyrum, Utah, beef production facility due to the potential presence of E. coli. While only one sample in commerce tested positive and no consumers have reported illness, we have taken this cautious approach in the interests of consumer and family safety. We are working in close partnership with USDA to make sure all potentially impacted product is removed from stores and homes.”

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Recalled Beef Description

The recall is issued for Swift Beef Co. meat produced on Oct. 24, 2018. The specific products include:

  • 2,000 lb. – bulk pallets of Swift Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Fine Grind Combo bearing product code 42982.
  • 8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42410.
  • 8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 93/07 (93% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42413.
  • 8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 85/15 (85% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42415.
  • 8-10 lb. – plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 73/27 (73% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42510.

The affected meat was shipped to retailers and food service distributors in California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Why the Beef Was Recalled

The FSIS discovered the issue while investigating another beef contamination case. Majestic Meat Company recently recalled 532 pounds of ground beef due to E. coli concerns. Upon investigation, the FSIS found that the Majestic Meat sample came from Swift Beef Co., prompting the recent recall.

How To Tell If Your Beef Was Recalled

Again, refer to the specific recalled products. Each affected product bears the establishment number “EST 626” on the USDA mark of inspection. Visit the FSIS website here for full label information.

What Parents Can Do

If you have one of the recalled products, don’t eat it. Throw the beef away. Along with beef in your fridge, check your freezer to make sure that you don’t have any of the affected products. If you’re unsure about the beef or have questions, contact the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at 800-727-2333.

—Erica Loop



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