Cargill recalls ground beef after E.coli illness

WASHINGTON, Aug 28 (BestGrowthStock) – Agribusiness giant Cargill
Inc has recalled about 8,500 pounds (3,900 kg) of ground beef
after officials determined a cluster of E. coli illnesses in
Maine and New York are related to the products, the U.S.
Agriculture Department said on Saturday.

The hamburger was sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club (BJ.N: ) in
eight states earlier this summer, but the USDA is concerned
some product may still be in consumers’ freezers.

The USDA said it was first notified on Aug. 5 by Maine
officials of a cluster of E. coli 026 illnesses. Two affected
people were identified in Maine and one in New York, the USDA
said. They became sick in June and July.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service “determined
that there is an association between the ground beef products
subject to recall and the cluster of illnesses in the states of
Maine and New York,” the department said in a release.

The E. coli 026 bacteria can cause symptoms of food
poisoning and, in severe cases, kidney failure.

The recalled hamburger bears the USDA establishment number
“EST. 9400,” an identifying product code of “W69032” and has a
“use/freeze by” date of July 1.

(For a complete list of retail stores that carried the beef
and more details of the recall, click on:
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_050_2010_Release/index.asp)

(Editing by Eric Beech and Eric Walsh)

Cargill recalls ground beef after E.coli illness