A nationwide beef recall has been expanded from 41,000 pounds of beef to over 380,000 pounds of beef that has possibly been contaminated with E. coli. The previous recall of 41,000 pounds came earlier last week. The United States Department of Agriculture says that the packages of beef that were recalled included a time stamp of “0618″ to “1130,” a date of “042109,” and bears the name “EST. 969.”
The company issuing the recall is JBS Swift Beef Co. of Greeley, Colorado. The recall was prompted by an investigation led by the United States Department of Agriculture regarding 24 illnesses across the country. The investigation was led by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. This also prompted the company to review its food safety system that is currently in place.
The USDA claims that 18 of the 24 illnesses seen across the country have the same cause, forcing the company to make the recall out of an abundance of caution for its customers. The USDA could not provide an updated list of states affected by the new recall on Sunday or where the illnesses are located.
The original recall affected the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. The most recent recall is believed to affect those same states with the possiblity of other states across the country being affected as well.
The USDA is hoping to release a new list as soon as Monday and no later than Tuesday regarding the recall by JBS Swift Beef Co. in Greeley, Colorado.