A Wyalusing, PA., establishment is now recalling nearly 30,000 pounds of fresh ground beef products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen. The problem with the beef in question was identified during the course of an ongoing investigation of a multi-state outbreak of salmonella involving at least 33 patients in seven states. Signs and symptoms of salmonella food poisoning (salmonellosis) include diarrhea (which may be watery or bloody), abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after contaminated food is ingested.
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What’s the problem?
July 22, 2012 – The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a press release today announcing that Cargill Meat Solutions is now recalling the following products because they may be tainted with salmonella:
- 14 pound chub packages of “Grnd Beef Fine 85/15”, packed 3 chubs to approximate 42-pound cases.
These products bear the establishment number “EST. 9400” inside the USDA mark of inspection. While the use-by date has already expired and the recalled meat is no longer in circulation, it may still be frozen in some consumers’ freezers. These products were produced on May 25, 2012, and were sent to distributors in Connecticut, Maine and New York for further repackaging and distribution. Some of the recalled meat in question may have been sold under different brand names.
FSIS initially implicated Cargill ground beef during the course of an ongoing investigation into a multi-state Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak involving at least 33 patients from the following states: MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VA, and VT. Working in conjunction with various health authorities, FSIS was ultimately able to link five cases of salmonellosis to ground beef products produced at Cargill based on epidemiological and traceback investigations, as well as in-store reviews. Illness onset dates among the five patients ranged from June 6 to June 13, 2012. Two of the patients required emergency hospitalization. Leftover product with no packaging information collected during the course of the investigation tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis. This particular strain of the bacteria is drug sensitive, which means that antibiotics can be effective at combatting symptoms of the illness. FSIS is continuing to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health partners on the investigation.
Salmonella Food Poisoning (Salmonellosis)
Eating food contaminated with salmonella bacteria can lead to salmonellosis, an extremely serious foodborne illness. Salmonellosis infections can be potentially fatal, and are especially dangerous to children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. The most common signs and symptoms of a salmonella food poisoning infection include:
- diarrhea (which may or may not be bloody)
- abdominal pain / cramps
- change in consciousness (passing out or unresponsiveness)
- change in mental status or sudden behavior change (confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions)
- dry, cracked lips, mouth or tongue
- eye irritation
Salmonellosis occurs worldwide, but it is most often reported in North America and Europe. It is estimated that a very small proportion of cases of salmonella food poisoning – perhaps as few as one percent – are actually reported. For every case of salmonellosis that gets reported, approximately 34 cases go unreported. Outbreaks of salmonellosis typically occur in small, localized events in the general population or in large outbreaks in hospitals, restaurants or institutions for the elderly. In the U.S., salmonella is responsible for approximately 15 percent of all cases of foodborne illness. Each year, an estimated 15,000 hospitalizations and 500 deaths result from acute salmonellosis nationwide.
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