Recall targets Colorado-based ground beef

KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Health Department is advising residents that JBS Swift Beef Company, a Greeley, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 41,280 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

These beef products were produced on April 21 and 22, and were shipped to distributors and retail establishments in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. No illnesses have been reported.

The list of products subject to the recall is available at www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_034_2009_Release/index.asp.

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

More information about food safety is available on the Health Department’s website, www.kanehealth.com.