Cargill Recalls 29,339 Pounds Of Ground Beef After Salmonella Outbreak

Cargill Recalls 29,339 Pounds Of Ground Beef After Salmonella Outbreak

The Associated Press reports:

Hannaford Supermarkets is alerting consumers that Cargill Beef is voluntarily recalling 29,339 pounds of ground beef that may contain salmonella.

 

The 85-percent-lean ground beef was produced at Cargill’s plant in Wyalusing, Pa., on May 25, and repackaged for sale to consumers by customers of the Maine-based grocery chain.

 

Cargill President John Keating says in a statement, “Food borne illnesses are unfortunate and we are sorry for anyone who became sick from eating ground beef we may have produced.”

 

Hannaford’s says consumers should check their ground beef for “use or sell by” dates between May 29 and June 16. Refunds will be offered for ground beef that is returned.

33 people have taken ill in a seven state-wide outbreak (MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VA, VT).  The initial outbreak began in early June.  It took several weeks to suss out exactly what the source of infection was.  Two of the five reported cases required hospitalization. The strain involved – Salmonella Enteritidis (isn’t it always) can be treated with antibiotics.

The USDA has details here and Cargill has a recall site with information.  None of the affected meat is still available for sale.

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Dole Recalls Bagged Salad Amid Salmonella Fears

Dole Recalls Bagged Salad Amid Salmonella Fears

Dole Food Co.’s fresh vegetables division is recalling 756 cases of bagged salad, because they could be contaminated with salmonella.  Following on the footsteps of the now 20 state-wide Spicy Tuna Salmonella Outbreak, the bags are being recalled because random sampling by New York state turned up a positive result for Salmonella.

The bags of Seven Lettuces salads were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.  No other Dole salads, brands, or mixes are included in the recall.

The recalled salads are stamped with a use-by date of April 11, 2012, UPC code 71430 01057 and product codes 0577N089112A and 0577N089112B, the company said.  This information is located in the upper right-hand corner of the package.  The UPC code appears on the back of the package, underneath the barcode.

No illnesses have been reported.  Consumers should toss the recalled salads.  Dole said it’s also contacting retailers to make sure the bags in question are pulled from the shelves.

Salmonella’s most common symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours of eating the contaminated food.  The illness can be severe or even life-threatening for infants, older people, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.