Would you say you eat ground beef products often? Well, Cargill’s recent 29,339 pounds of ground beef recall should give you something to worry about. The nearly 30,000 pounds of ground beef were recalled over salmonella concerns.
Keeping away from food poisoning might prove harder than imagined. A news release from the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) with the U.S. Department of Agriculture reads Cargill Beef Solutions decided to recall 29,339 pounds of fresh ground beef over concerns these might have been contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis.
The ground beef products in discussion came from a Cargill plant in Pennsylvania. The 29,339 pounds were sold to wholesalers in 14 pound packages under the label “Grnd Beef Fine 85/15”. The Safety Inspection Service’s press release reads the grounded beef suspected of salmonella contamination was meant for further processing.
This means you could have bought it without even knowing it was originally sold to another party. So stores bought the ground beef from wholesalers and fit it in smaller size packages, for consumer use, but using a variety of different labels. You could check if that ground beef package in the freezer is part of the recall by checking for the establishment number “EST.9400” and production date of May 25th.
FSIS says they tracked some of Cargill’s potentially salmonella contaminated ground beef products in northern New England, in Hannaford grocery stores’ freezers.
John Keating, Cargill president said: “Food borne illnesses are unfortunate and we are sorry for anyone who become sick from eating ground beef we may have produced”. But that doesn’t mean much for people who got salmonellosis and had to suffer through diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.
Don’t just imagine that couldn’t happen to you. “FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen in consumers’ freezers” reads the authorities’ press release. So far, there were 5 food poisoning cases reported to the investigators, all of them linked to the same salmonella strain as that in Cargill’s ground beef recall.