Wednesday 24 May 2017

CDC Outbreak: 19 Sickened by Contaminated Beef

The Associated Press is reporting that a total of 19 people from seven states have become sick from salmonella linked to ground beef sold by Hannaford supermarket.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday most of the victims indicated they bought the beef between Oct. 12 and Dec. 11. (Click here to access the CDC Outbreak page).

The Scarborough, Maine-based Hannaford supermarket chain announced on Dec. 15 that it was recalling ground beef with a sell-by date of Dec. 17 or earlier.

The CDC says the recalled beef may still be in consumers’ homes. The company says customers should return or dispose of ground beef with the Dec. 17 or earlier sell-by dates. The products subject to recall are any size package of the following:

  • “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”

In addition to Maine, Hannaford has stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.

So far 19 people in those states and Kentucky and Hawaii have become sick. The CDC reports most persons infected with Salmonella bacteria develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. Older adults, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness from Salmonella infection. More general information about Salmonella can be found here.

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