bad beef to state
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No in-state residents infected by contaminated meat
least 17 people around the country have been infected with a strain of E.
coli linked to recalled beef that was sold in South Carolina and
nationwide, federal health officials said Monday.
More than 41,000 pounds of the
meat were originally recalled by JBS Swift Beef Co. on June 24 after
contamination was found during an inspection by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. Another 380,000 pounds of beef from the same company was
subsequently recalled as well.
The U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention said Monday that people in nine states — not South
Carolina — had been sickened by a strain of E. coli that had the same DNA
fingerprint as the recalled beef. While at least 12 people were
hospitalized, no one has died.
The beef was distributed to
retailers around the country, and USDA has posted on its Web site a listing
of the stores where it may have been sold. The list includes BI-LO, Food
Lion, Costco, Sam's Club and SAV-A-LOT stores.
But USDA cautions the list “may
not include all retail locations that have received the recalled product or
may include retail locations that did not actually receive the recalled
Peggy Riek, spokeswoman for USDA's
Food Safety and Inspection Service, said the agency is posting the
information as it receives it from the company, but that consumers should
check with their retailers to be sure if they sold any of the recalled
The recalled beef was sold after
April 21. And since some of the beef sold to retailers was probably cut
again or made into ground beef and repackaged, consumers may not have all
of the identifying information, CDC said. Most of the sicknesses involved
eating ground beef.
CDC urges consumers to return any
beef products produced by the firm and bought on or after April 21, and to
fully cook meat to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
The beef may have been sold as
sirloin top roast, sirloin tip steak, breakfast steak, beef tips, stew
meat, stir fry beef, cube steak, ground beef, London broil roast, or top
round steak, according to BI-LO's Web site.Consumers can return the meat to
the store where it was purchased for an exchange or refund.