Due to concerns about Salmonella contamination, Cargill Meat Solutions in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a recall yesterday of 29,339 pounds of fresh ground beef products.
Cargill Meat Solutions is recalling 14 pound chub packages of “Grnd Beef Fine 85/15”, packed 3 chubs to approximate 42-pound cases. The meat affected by this Salmonella recall were sold wholesale and for further processing. All of the products are marked with the establishment number “EST. 9400” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were produced by Cargill Meat Solutions on May 25, 2012. The affected products were shipped to distribution centers in Connecticut, Maine and New York for further distribution.
Additionally, although the sell-by date has passed for all of the beef affected by the Salmonella recall, Cargill Meat Solutions and FSIS are urging consumers to check their freezers for any frozen and possibly contaminated beef products.
Consumers are also warned that the products affected by this Salmonella recall were produced by Cargill Meat Solutions but were then repackaged into consumer-size packages and sold under different retail brand names.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. Symptoms usually lasts 4 to 7 days. High risk individuals such as infants, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems are at risk for severe symptoms, including severe diarrhea resulting in hospitalization.
FSIS became aware of the problem with the Cargill Meat Solutions ground beef products after a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella involving 33 infected individuals from 7 states. The onset of the illnesses ranged from June 6, 2012 to June 13, 2012.
Consumers who have questions about the possibly Salmonella-contaminated beef are encouraged to call Cargill Meat Solutions’ consumer information line at 888-812-1646.
Does this latest food recall from Cargill Meat Solutions make you worry about the safety of your food?