Almost 50 tons of ground beef have been recalled after the Food Safety and Inspection Services detected the presence of E.Coli in the product.
This is recognized as the second largest meat recall in months by JBS USA, the world's largest meat processor.
The announcement was made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, and it was key to let the consumers know that they should avoid the product for the time being.
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Swift Beef Co. has recalled around 99,260 pounds of ground beef believed to be contaminated with E. Coli, which is considered to be a potentially deadly bacteria.
The company initially shipped the product to several retail distributors and food service providers operating in five states, such as California, Oregon, Utah, Nevada and Washington.
THE LARGEST OUTBREAK
In October, JBS USA was forced to recall 6,9 million pounds of beef that were related to a salmonella outbreak, with the product being distributed in 25 states.
As a result, 246 people got sick, with 59 of them landing in the hospital according to a report provided by the Centers for Disease Control.
ONE SAMPLE WAS ENOUGH
It has been reported that JBS discovered the E. Coli bacteria after tests conducted on a single sample, which turned out to be positive, but, so far, no consumers have fallen ill or showed any symptoms.
Now, JBS is working alongside USDA to make sure that all contaminated products are removed from the shelves and consumers with the company's ground beef at home are encouraged to dispose of it.
NOT EVEN VEGETABLES ARE SAFE
Recently, traces of E. Coli have also been found in romaine lettuce by the Food Safety and Inspection Service, and the same procedures must be applied.
It is advisable for consumers to avoid any products with romaine lettuce in them, including organic and salad mixes, not only at home but also at restaurants.