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Two Ground Beef Recalls, One Each for E. coli, Salmonella


Consumers in 20 states may want to check their ground beef purchases. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced two ground beef recalls: one from Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., of about 40,948 pounds of meat that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7; and one from Hannaford, a Scarborough, Maine-based grocery chain, for an undetermined amount of ground beef products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella typhimurium.

Tyson Fresh Meats Recall

The ground beef recalled by Tyson Fresh Meats was shipped to 16 states (Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin). The meat was shipped in 10-lb packages marked “chuck fine ground beef 80/20” with a “Best Before or Freeze By” date of “11/13/11” and “EST. 245C” on the box label.

Consumers who have questions about the ground beef recall can contact Tyson Fresh Meats at 866-328-3156. Thus far, there have been no reports of illnesses related to this recall.

The bacterium E. coli O157:H7 can cause bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, and dehydration, and in severe cases, kidney failure. Individuals who are most susceptible to foodborne illness are infants and very young children, the elderly, and anyone who has a compromised immune system (e.g., individuals with HIV/AIDS, chemotherapy recipients).

Hannaford Ground Meat Recall

The second recall from Hannaford involves any size package of the following fresh ground beef products:

  • "73% Hannaford Regular Ground Beef"
  • "75% Hannaford Regular Ground Beef"
  • "80% Hannaford Regular Ground Beef"
  • "85% Hannaford Regular Ground Beef"
  • "90% Hannaford Regular Ground Beef"
  • "80% Taste of Inspirations Angus Ground Beef"
  • "85% Taste of Inspirations Angus Ground Beef"
  • "90% Taste of Inspirations Angus Ground Beef"
  • "85% Nature's Place Ground Beef"
  • "90% Nature's Place Ground Beef"

The ground beef was marked with sell-by dates of December 17, 2011 or earlier and were sold in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. Consumers should check their freezers if they have purchased the beef and frozen it for later use.

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This ground beef was recalled after reports of an outbreak of salmonellosis (a foodborne illness caused by Salmonella) that may be associated with consumption of the fresh ground beef prepared in and bought at Hannaford stores. Thus far, 14 people have been reported to have the PFGE pattern seen in a salmonellosis outbreak, and 11 of the individuals said they ate ground beef. Seven people were hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

Ten of the 14 individuals reported buying ground beef at Hannaford stores in Maine, New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont between October 12 and November 20, 2011. The ground beef was also distributed at Hannaford stores in Massachusetts.

At this time the FSIS is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the company, and public health professionals in the affected states on the investigation. This problem was identified at the retail level (Hannaford), and thus far the FSIS has not been able to identify the responsible raw beef suppliers.

Salmonellosis is characterized by bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours of consuming the contaminated food. Other symptoms may include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last for about one week. Similar to the bacterium E. coli O157:H7, S. typhimurium infections can be life-threatening to infants and very young children, the elderly, and immunocompromised individuals.

Consumers with questions about the Hannaford recall of ground beef products can call the Hannaford Customer Information Center at 800-213-9040 (choose option 6) from 8 AM to 8 PM.


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