Hannaford warns on Cargill Beef recall

Posted July 23, 2012, at 7:58 a.m.
Last modified July 24, 2012, at 7:01 a.m.

Hannaford Supermarkets is alerting consumers that Minnesota-based Cargill Beef is voluntarily recalling 29,339 pounds of ground beef that may contain salmonella.

The 85-percent-lean ground beef was produced at Cargill’s plant in Wyalusing, Pa., on May 25, and repackaged for sale to consumers by customers of the Maine-based grocery chain.

Cargill President John Keating said in a statement, “Foodborne illnesses are unfortunate and we are sorry for anyone who became sick from eating ground beef we may have produced.”

According to a Sunday USDA release, the agency became aware of the problem while investigating a multistate outbreak of salmonella enteritidis involving 33 patients from seven states: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Virginia and Vermont. The patients began getting sick June 6-13, and two of the patients were hospitalized.

“Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or those undergoing chemotherapy,” the USDA noted in the release. “The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12-72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.”

Hannaford said consumers should check their ground beef for use or sell-by dates between May 29 and June 16. Refunds will be offered for ground beef that is returned.

Last week, Hannaford warned consumers that a supplier to the grocer has issued a recall on three products due to possible contamination with listeria monocytogenes.

New Jersey-based Buona Vita Inc. has recalled three meatball products, Hannaford said, all available through the grocer’s deli department. The products are Homestyle Meatballs with Sauce, sold by the pound; Meatball Panini — cold, UPC No. 941260723096; and Meatball Panini — hot, UPC No. 94126072102.

Hannaford said last week that customers who bought any of these products should not eat them, and may return the items to Hannaford for a full refund. Products subject to the recall have been removed from the shelves at Hannaford.

According to Hannaford, the voluntary recall is part of a broader recall involving various frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products produced by Buona Vita and sold to distributors nationwide.

“The problem was discovered during microbiological testing by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service,” the release said. “No illnesses have been reported.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, listeriosis mostly affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems. A person with listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms, the agency said. “Almost everyone who is diagnosed with listeriosis has ‘invasive’ infection, in which the bacteria spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract,” the CDC reports.

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