Recall Issued for Nearly 100,000 Pounds of Ground Beef, E. Coli Concerns
JBS USA has issued a recall for nearly 100,000 pounds of ground beef due to concerns that it may be contaminated with E. coli.
Details of the Ground Beef Recall
According to WTKR, a JBS USA subsidiary, Swift Beef, previously recalled 6.9 million pounds of beef in October. The recall was issued after the beef was linked to a 25-state salmonella outbreak that affected more than 200 people.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says contaminated beef from the latest recall was distributed to California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington for further processing.
The following products are subject to recall:
2,000 lb. – bulk pallets of Swift Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Fine Grind Combo bearing product code 42982.
Anywhere from 11 to 28 percent of the U.S. population is estimated to consume ground beef raw or uncooked.
CDC counted at least 75 outbreaks associated with beef over the five-year period between 2009 and 2013. Of those, 35 percent were caused by E. coli.
E. coli O157:H7, the pathogen most commonly associated with ground beef, causes an estimated 96,000 illnesses, 3,200 hospitalizations and 31 deaths in the U.S. each year.
CDC tracked 391 E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks in the 10 years between 2003 and 2012. Between those outbreaks, the agency confirmed 4,930 cases of illness, with 1,274 (26 percent) hospitalizations, 300 (6 percent) cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and 34 deaths.
Food is by far the most common source of E. coli O157:H7, accounting for 65 percent of cases. The other major sources of E. coli are animal contact (10 percent) and person-to-person transmission (10 percent).
The most common food source for E. coli turns out to be beef, which has been implicated in 55 percent of E. coli outbreaks.
CDC also tracked more E. coli outbreaks from 2003-2012 than in the previous 20 years.
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