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August 7, 2009: Beef Packers Inc., and Safeway Recall Ground Beef

ground beefThe USDA announced that Beef Packers, Inc., Fresno, California is recalling approximately 825,769 pounds of ground beef products that may be linked to an ongoing Salmonella serotype Newport outbreak. Beef Packers is owned by Cargill, one of the largest food producers in the country, with sales for the year 2008 reaching $120 billion. ....

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In a related story, Safeway announced that it is recalling ground beef products sold between June 6 and July 14, 2009. As of today, the Safeway recall affects stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Wyoming.  

Salmonella Newport illnesses have been reported in 11 states, with at least 21 cases reported in Colorado. In approximately 15 of the Colorado illnesses, the beef was purchased from Safeway.  

The stain of Salmonella Newport causing the outbreak is resistant to many antibiotics commonly used to treat infections. According to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS): This particular strain of Salmonella Newport is resistant to many commonly prescribed drugs, which can increase the risk of hospitalization or possible treatment failure in infected individuals.

The Beef Packers Inc., products subject to recall include:

  • 60 pound cases of "GRD Beef Sirl Fine 90/10." Each case bears the identifying case code W69012 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/23/09, 06/26/09, 06/28/09, 06/29/09, 06/30/09, 07/03/09, 07/05/09, 07/06/09, 07/07/09, 07/10/09 and 07/11/09.
  • 60 pound cases of "Grnd Bf Fine Sir 90/10 10/60 H". Each case bears the identifying case code W69064 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/26/09, 06/29/09, 07/03/09, 07/06/09, 7/10/09 and 07/14/09.
  • 60 pound cases of "Grnd Beef 90/10 Fine 60." Each case bears the identifying case code W69063 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/23/09, 06/26/09, 06/30/09, 07/03/09, 07/07/09, 07/10/09 and 07/11/09.
  • 80 pound cases of "Grnd Beef Fine 91/09 10#/80." Each case bears the identifying case code W69108 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/30/09, 07/06/09, 07/08/09 and 07/13/09 .
  • 60 pound cases of "Grnd Beef Fine 93/07 10/60." Each case bears the identifying case code W69363 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/23/09, 06/26/09, 06/28/09, 06/29/09, 06/30/09, 07/03/09, 07/07/09, 07/10/09 and 07/11/09.
  • 60 pound cases of "Grnd Beef Fine 93/07 10#/60 H." Each case bears the identifying case code W69360 with Use/Freeze by date of 06/26/09, 07/03/09, 07/06/09, 07/10/09 and 07/14/09.
  • 40 pound cases of "GRD BEEF FINE 96/04-10#/40." Each case bears the identifying case code W69602 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/23/09, 06/30/09, 07/03/09, 07/07/09, 07/10/09 and 07/11/09.

The Beef Packers Inc., recalled ground beef products were produced between June 5, 2009 and June 23, 2009 and bear the establishment number "EST. 31913" printed on the case code labels.  The products may be difficult to identify since they were repackaged and sold under different retail brand names.  Consumers should check with their retailer to determine whether they may have purchased the recalled ground beef. 

Epidemiological and taceback investigations conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and FSIS demonstrated the association between the fresh ground beef products and the Colorado Salmonella illnesses. 

Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning may include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Symptoms usually appear 12-72 hours after the ingestion of contaminated food, and the illness usually lasts 4-7 days.  Your doctor can confirm a Salmonella diagnosis by culturing a stool sample for the presence of Salmonella bacteria. Infants, the elderly, and those with impaired immune systems are at greatest risk for complications due Salmonella infection. 

The Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg represents victims of Salmonella outbreaks nationwide, including Peanut Butter Corporation of America, Banquet Pot Pie, Veggie Booty, Arby’s, and Peter Pan outbreaks. We are ready to help you.  If you have been injured as a result of Salmonella food poisoning and you have a question concerning you legal rights, please call us toll free at 1-877-934-6274, or click Free Legal Case Evaluation

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