Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned Californians not to eat certain brands of ground beef because the products could be contaminated with Salmonella newport, a potentially harmful bacterium.
This particular strain of Salmonella is resistant to many commonly prescribed drugs, which can increase the risk of hospitalization or possible treatment failure in infected individuals. More than 825,000 pounds of product have been recalled by the manufacturer, Beef Packers, Inc. of Fresno. To date, there are 40 cases in nine states. California has reported five cases, three from Orange County and two from Tulare County.
Beef Packers, Inc., is voluntarily recalling ground beef products produced on various dates ranging from June 5, 2009, through June 23, 2009. Beef products were distributed to retail distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah. Because these products were repackaged into consumer-size packages and sold under different retail brand names, consumers should check with their local retailer to determine whether they may have purchased any of the products. Consumers should also check in their refrigerators and freezers and either dispose of the product or return it where it was purchased.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Consumers who have eaten this product and are experiencing these symptoms should immediately consult their health care provider.
Consumers with questions should contact Beef Packers, Inc. at (877) 872-3635. To access California’s distribution list, click on Recall Beef Packers, Inc. ground beef products.