Cargill Beef has announced that it is voluntarily recalling more than 29,000 pounds of ground beef that may contain a harmful strain of salmonella. The USDA reports that more than 30 people have become sick, and two cases involved hospitalization from eating the tainted meat sold in states including Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia and Vermont.
The meat was produced at Cargill's Wyalusing, PA plant on May 25th for sale at Hannaford's supermarkets—a Maine-based grocery chain that services Northeastern states. The sell by dates of the contaminated meat are between May 29th and June 16th. Even though the use by dates have passed, the USDA and Cargill still issued the recall in case anyone froze the contaminated meat, which was sold as "14 pound chub packages of "Grnd Beef Fine 85/15", packed 3 chubs to approximate 42-pound cases."
In a statement posted on Cargill's website, the company says, "We know that the food you put on your table is of the utmost importance to you. That’s why producing safe food every time everywhere is fundamental to Cargill." The company goes on to further state, “Though the ground beef was made by Cargill, it was packaged for sale by stores in the Northeast U.S. at the end of May and in early June.”
Unlike many food borne illness outbreaks, this strain of SalmonellaEnteritidis will typically respond to treatment with antibiotics, decreasing the risk of complications.
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