A Scarborough, Maine-based grocery chain is now recalling a variety of ground beef products that have the potential to be contaminated with a rare strain of Salmonella bacteria. To date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported at least 14 illnesses (7 of which required emergency hospitalization) in connection with this recall. The ground beef included in this recall was sold at Hannaford stores throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.
Free Hannaford Ground Beef Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been severely sickened after consuming Hannaford ground beef included in this recall, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Hannaford ground beef and we can help.
What’s the problem?
December 15, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that Hannaford grocery chain is recalling the following ground beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Typhimurium:
- “73% Hannaford Regular Ground Beef”
- “75% Hannaford Regular Ground Beef”
- “80% Hannaford Regular Ground Beef”
- “85% Hannaford Regular Ground Beef”
- “90% Hannaford Regular Ground Beef”
- “80% Taste of Inspirations Angus Ground Beef”
- “85% Taste of Inspirations Angus Ground Beef”
- “90% Taste of Inspirations Angus Ground Beef”
- “85% Nature’s Place Ground Beef”
- “90% Nature’s Place Ground Beef”
This recall was initiated after an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses were found in individuals who had purchased ground beef products from Hannaford stores. The pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern linked to the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak is rarely reported in the United States. The CDC has reported at least 14 illnesses from this distinct strain, and 11 of those individuals reported eating ground beef from Hannaford stores in Maine, New York, New Hampshire and Vermont. The products in question were purchased between October 12th and November 20th. FSIS and the CDC are continuing to work to determine the source of the contamination.
The Salmonella Typhimurium strain involved in this recall has tested resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics such as beta-lactams, aminoglycosides, and cephalosporins.
To date, the FSIS has been unable to determine the responsible suppliers. The agency identified the issue at the retail level and is pursuing rule making to address the problem. This recall has been issued as part of a continuing investigation.
Salmonella Food Poisoning (Salmonellosis)
Salmonella bacteria are a group of microscopic living creatures that are among the most frequently reported cause of foodborne illnesses nationwide. The Salmonella family includes nearly 2,500 stereotypes of bacteria, the most common of which are Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium. These strains account for about half of all human infection.
According to the FSIS, salmonellosis causes an estimated 1.4 million cases of foodborne illness and more than 400 deaths each year in the United States alone. Although in certain individuals salmonellosis may be asymptomatic, most people experience some or all of the following signs and symptoms within eight to 72 hours after contaminated food is consumed:
- diarrhea (which may be bloody)
- abdominal cramps
Most Salmonella outbreaks can be avoided through cleanliness – hand washing with soap and hot water can do wonders to prevent infection. By using filtered drinking water, washing produce thoroughly, and not consuming undercooked foods such as eggs or meat, you can also greatly reduce your chance of being exposed to Salmonella bacteria.
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