Cargill Expand The Recall Of Ground Beef Due To A Contamination. Cargill Inc., joining the list of meatpackers battered by food-safety mistakes, sharply expanded its Beef Recall of ground beef potentially tainted with E. coli bacteria to 2.8 million pounds, Friday’s Wall Street Journal reported.E. Coli Causes Bloody Diarrhea And Dehydration
The food-poisoning outbreak was caused by O157:H7, a virulent strain of E. coli that causes bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Contamination occurs when cattle manure, which harbors E. coli, is spilled onto meat during slaughter.
Cargill, Minneapolis, owns the nation’s second-biggest beef producer, behind Tyson Foods Inc.
As with most ground-beef recalls lately, the warning does little to limit the size of the outbreak. Most of the tainted meat probably has been consumed. The Agriculture Department said the beef was produced from Aug. 20 through Aug. 24.
It has been a difficult year for food safety. In July, an E. coli outbreak forced ConAgra Foods Inc. to recall 19 million pounds of ground beef produced by a Colorado meatpacking plant as far back as April. The tardiness of the recall, the second-largest of its type in U.S. history, so embarrassed the Agriculture Department that the agency acknowledged that E. coli contamination was a bigger problem than originally thought, and promised more pressure on meatpackers to quash the pathogen.