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Salmonella Illnesses in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia and Vermont Linked to Cargill and Hannaford Ground Beef

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The CDC reports that a total of 33 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 7 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Maine (1), Massachusetts (3), New Hampshire (2), New York (14), Rhode Island (1), Virginia (2), and Vermont (10).   11 ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

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Hannaford Stores in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont named as one retail outlet linked to Cargill Meat Solutions recall of 29,339 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis.  Twenty were sickened in 2011 by Hannaford ground beef tainted with Salmonella – See, Hannaford Hamburger Ground Beef 2011.

The products subject to recall, sold wholesale and for further processing:

• 14 pound chub packages of “Grnd Beef Fine 85/15”, packed 3 chubs to approximate 42-pound cases.

The products subject to recall bears the establishment number “EST. 9400” inside the USDA mark of inspection. While the use-by date has passed and these products are no longer available for retail sale, FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen in consumers’ freezers. These products were produced on May 25, 2012, and were shipped to distribution centers in Connecticut, Maine and New York for further distribution.

FSIS became aware of the problem during the course of an ongoing investigation of a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis involving 33 case-patients from 7 states (MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VA, VT-preliminary data, subject to change). Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Vermont Department of Health, New York State Department of Health, and New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, FSIS was able to link illnesses in five case-patients to the ground beef products produced at this establishment based on epidemiologic and traceback investigations, as well as in-store reviews. Illness onset dates among these five case-patients ranged from June 6, 2012 to June 13, 2012. Two of the five case-patients were hospitalized. Leftover product with no packaging information collected during the course of this investigation by the Vermont Department of Health tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis with the outbreak strain.

And, a few past Cargill Salmonella outbreaks:

136 Ill – Cargill Meat Solutions Ground Turkey 2011

2 Ill – Beef Packers, Inc., Cargill, Ground Beef November, 2009

68 Ill – Beef Packers, Inc., Cargill, Ground Beef June, 2009

47 Ill – Emmpak/Cargill Ground Beef January, 2002

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.