[Web Special] Check Your Beef for E. Coli

Thursday, July 02, 2009 - 08:38 AM

A possible E. coli outbreak in beef produced by the JBS Swift Beef Co. of Colorado has sickened people in nine states. The meat has been recalled, so check your fridge before your holiday cookout.

So far 23 people have been sickened across nine states.Wisconsin and Michigan appear to be the hardest hit by the outbreak so far, with the CDC reporting six people ill in each state. Other cases were reported in California, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York.

Most of the beef packages in the first recall bear the establishment number "Est. 969" inside the USDA mark of inspection and have identifying package dates of "042109" or "042209." The CDC urges consumers to check their refrigerators and freezers for beef products produced by this firm and purchased on or after April 21, 2009 and discard or return the recalled beef products to the place of purchase for a refund.

The Kroger Co. is recalling packages of meat with "sell by" dates of April 27 to June 1 in Ohio including northern Kentucky, southeastern Indiana, western Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Illinois and eastern Missouri. The company said the suspect beef was sold under its store brands in more than a dozen states.

Other grocery retailers affected include: Hannaford Supermarkets, Stop & Shop, and Food 4 Less stores in the Chicago area, Fry's stores in Arizona,and Smith's stores in Arizona, Utah, and other western states.

The outbreak comes on the heels of a recall of Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products.

For more information head to the CDC's website

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