Beef Recall Blamed on Drug Resistant Salmonella



A California beef company has recalled over 20,000 pounds of ground beef products due to concerns the meat may have caused two cases of salmonella. Beef Packers, Inc. in Fresno, California says the beef was produced on September 23 with the establishment number “EST. 31913″ on the packaging. The products were sold in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a spokesman for Cargill, which owns Beef Packers, Inc.

Beef Packers, Inc. is the same company that was involved in the August, 2009 recall of over 825,000 pounds of meat shipped to Arizona, California, Colorado, and Utah.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service states that the beef was repackaged in Arizona. It was then sold under different retail brand names, however, the agency has not released the names of these brands.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service said that an association was found between the meat and two Arizona cases of the “Salmonella Newport” strain. This strain is resistant to many kinds of prescribed antibiotics, which can increase the likelihood of hospitalization and ineffective treatment. Salmonella Newport was found in the August recall in Colorado cases of food poisoning.

Salmonella is a bacterium that is known to cause abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and fever. Vomiting, nausea, chills, and headache may also occur for up to seven days. Many people may believe they simply have a strain of the stomach flu when they get sick.