BEIJING, July 4 (Xinhuanet) -- A U.S. beef company is
expanding a recall to 5.3 million pounds of ground beef after Federal
investigators linked it to an outbreak of E. coli illnesses that has sickened 40
people in Michigan and Ohio.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in
a statement Thursday that Nebraska Beef Ltd.'s products may have been
produced "under insanitary conditions."
On Wednesday, The Kroger Co. expanded its voluntary
recall of some ground beef products to its stores in more than 20 states, saying
the meat may be contaminated with E. coli.
The nation's biggest traditional grocer also urged
customers to check the ground beef in their refrigerators and freezers to
determine whether it is covered by the recall.
The warning was issued as federal investigators try
to locate the source of a separate salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes that
has sickened nearly 900 people, raising more questions about America's food
While insisting that tomatoes remain the leading
suspect, investigators are looking at other produce but remain mum on exactly
what vegetables are getting tracked.
Kroger's recall stems from meat obtained
from Nebraska Beef Ltd., that has been linked to illnesses reported in
Michigan and Ohio between May 31 and June 8 caused by E. coli bacteria.