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A beef recall has been announced by JBS-Swift Beef Co. after an investigation found at least 18 people were sickened with E. coli O157:H7 illnesses that health officials believe may be linked to the tainted meat.

Today, the company announced an expanded recall to include 38,000lbs of assorted beef products boosting the total to more than 412lbs of recalled beef.

E.coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and, in severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

“During an investigation of the Plainview facility, FDA found that some of the equipment was contaminated with Salmonella. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not linked any human illnesses to potentially contaminated products from the Plainview facility.”

Read the FDA News Release regarding the beef recall. For a complete list of the recalled beef products, read the USDA News Release.

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