You may have read about the latest beef recall for e.coli that started about a week ago. The JBS Swift Beef Company from Colorado initiated a voluntary recall of more than 40,000 pounds of various beef products. The affected beef products were produced on April 21 and 22, 2009, and were shipped to distributors and retail establishments in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. And some of it was supplied to Costco. At Costco the beef was made into steaks, ribs, and ground beef.
This recall affects products purchased between April 28, 2009 and May 28, 2009. According to the JBS Swift Recall Letter posted on Costco’s Product Notices page, no products purchased after May 29, 2009 are part of this recall. Here’s some additional information from the USDA Food Safety recall webpage regarding the products that are part of the recall:
Each box bears the establishment number “EST. 969” inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as the identifying package date of “042109” and a time stamp ranging from “0618” to “1130.” However, these products were sent to establishments and retail stores nationwide for further processing and will likely not bear the establishment number “EST. 969” on products available for direct consumer purchase. Customers with concerns should contact their point of purchase.
There have already been at least 18 illnesses associated with this recall, so it is best to check any meat products that you bought between April 28 and May 28, 2009. If you have meat that is part of the recall you should return it to Costco (or whatever store you bought it from) for a refund.
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