E. coli Lawsuit Following JBS Swift Beef Recall
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Date Published: Monday, August 24th, 2009
case we have been following has just seen yet another lawsuit. The
Chicago Tribune is reporting that a lawsuit has been filed against JBS
Swift Beef Company by a Wisconsin family who allegedly fell ill after
eating beef that was among what was recalled over E. coli concerns.
Class I recall of potentially E. coli-tainted JBS Swift Beef Company beef
products was expanded this June, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), to include approximately
380,000 pounds more of assorted beef primal products. A Class I recall is a
health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable probability that use
of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
original recall was for 41,280 pounds of beef products. The expansion
brought the total recall to over 420,000 pounds of beef products. The
original problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological sampling and
an investigation into the distribution of other products.
the three family members who fell ill, one was a seven-year-old who
required hospitalization until mid-August, said the Chicago Tribune.
recall was implemented over concerns regarding contamination with E. coli
O157:H7, said the FSIS. Together with traceback information and laboratory
data, the recall was expanded as a result of FSIS’ cooperation with the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in an ongoing
investigation into dozens of illnesses in multiple states. JBS Swift is a
unit of Brazilian meat company JBS S.A., said Reuters, previously. The
affected beef was produced on April 21, said Reuters, explaining that it
was distributed both nationally and internationally.
recalled products include intact cuts of beef, such as primals, sub-primals,
or boxed beef that is typically used for steaks and roasts, not ground
beef. Some recalled products may have been further processed into ground
products by other companies; the highest risk products are raw ground
product, trim, or other non-intact product made from the products subject
to the recall.
the recalled products were sent to establishments and retail stores
nationwide for further processing, they will likely no longer bear the
original establishment number on products available for direct consumer
purchase. Because of this, the FSIS suggests customers with concerns
contact their point of purchase. “The contamination may have come from
further processing by other companies,” Chandler Keys, JBS spokesman, said,
indicator of fecal contamination, E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly
bacterium that may cause fatal blood poisoning (septicemia), urinary
bladder inflammation (cystitis), kidney failure, and death. Infection
symptoms include stomach cramps and watery diarrhea that may turn bloody
within one to three days.
coli generally taints meat through improper butchering and processing
practices and, once released in the body, produces the shiga-producing
toxins that have been linked to kidney damage in young children. The very
young, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are the most
susceptible to food borne illness.