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99,000 pounds of beef recalled for E. coli by company related to big salmonella recall

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An investigation of E. coli found in beef led to a small recall Friday of 532 pounds by Majestic Meat, then Saturday’s recall of 99,260 pounds of beef by Majestic’s supplier, Swift Beef.

Swift Beef is a part of JBS USA, a subsidiary of Brazilian company JBS S.A., the world’s largest fresh beef and pork processor. Last month’s 6.9 million-pound beef recall linked to the salmonella outbreak that’s sickened 246 in 25 states came from one of Swift Beef’s JBS USA siblings, JBS Tolleson.

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E. coli can bring bloody diarrhea, stomachaches and the potentially fatal kidney failure, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

According to the recall notices, the path to Saturday’s recall started Thursday. The USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service found E. coli O157:H7 in a sample of product, mostly hamburger patties headed for Utah restaurants, from Majestic. Majestic managed to hold back two of the three boxes and issued a recall for the third.

But all of that beef had come from one supplier: Swift Beef.

So, Swift Beef recalled a 2,000-pound bulk pallet of Swift Ground Beef Fine Grind Combo and 10-pound chubs of Blue Ribbon Beef of various levels of lean: 93 percent, 85 percent, 81 percent and 73 percent. These went to retail processors like Majestic and were planned for sale to institutional locations, including schools and hospitals in California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Anyone with questions may call 800-727-2333.

It’s been a hard fall for JBS USA. In October, JBS Green Bay was fined by the Department of Labor for workplace safety violations after a meat box machine tried to eat a Green Bay meat packers hand. And, Thursday, JBS USA entered a consent decree with the Department of Labor about hiring discrimination allegations. JBS officially denies liability, but has to pay $4 million to 12,625 former applicants.

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