In cooperation with the Beef Packers Inc (Cargill) recall of 22,000 pounds of fresh ground beef that may be linked to an outbreak of Salmonella, Safeway Inc is recalling fresh ground beef products with “Sell By” dates of September 28 through October 11, 2009. The recall affects all stores in Arizona and one store in Gallup NM.
While the recalled product is no longer in stores, Safeway is asking its customers to check all ground beef in their freezers. The recall includes fresh ground beef products sold during the dates listed above at the full-service counter in brown butcher paper and at the self-service area wrapped on black Styrofoam trays. These products include fresh ground beef, fresh ground beef patties, fresh meat balls, fresh meat loaf, and fresh bell peppers stuffed with beef and pork. These products should be discarded or returned for a full refund.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella Newport can cause salmonellosis. Salmonella Newport infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, infants, the elderly, and persons undergoing chemotherapy. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may include chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.
Consumers seeking additional information on the recall can contact Beef Packers at 877-435-4071. Safeway customers can contact 1-800-SAFEWAY for more information about their specific product. Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at www.AskKaren.gov.