Here we go again, another ground beef recall, this time just before Christmas cooking. On Friday, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reported that Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. of Dakota City, Nebraska recalled more than 40,000 pounds of ground beef products distributed in 16 states after a test confirmed the presence of E. coli O157:H7. Hannaford also issued a ground beef recall.
Tyson Fresh Meats Ground Beef 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.
E. coli is a bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, the elderly and those with weak immune systems are the most susceptible.
Consumers who have questions about the ground beef recall can contact Tyson Fresh Meats at 866-328-3156. So far, there have been no reports of illnesses related to this recall.
Hannaford Ground Beef Recall
The ground beef recall from Hannaford, a Scarborough, Maine-based grocery chain, is for an undetermined amount of ground beef products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella typhimurium.
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.
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.