The 466,236 pound recall of ground beef by the Denver-based King Soopers grocery chain is going now in the history books as historic for two reasons:

1.  For the first time in history, the United States Department of Agriculture’s  (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has recalled ground beef that is tainted with salmonella.

2.  The strain of salmonella involved is resistant both to many antibiotics and to normal cooking temperatures.   The ground beef from King Soopers sickened 14 people in Colorado with a half dozen slow to recover.

The King Soopers ground beef products were produced May 23-June 13 and bear"’EST. 6250" within the USDA Mark of Inspection, printed on the front of the packages.

At the time of the recall, the ground beef was no longer being sold, but customers were urged to check their freezers for stored product.

Salmonella can result in abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever. Most people recover without treatment, but some require hospitalization. In rare cases, the organism can get into the blood and produce more severe illnesses.

  • kent

    I am one of the fourteen and wonder what my options are?

  • John Munsell

    Do we want to prevent future recurrences of similar production of deadly salmonella-laced ground beef? The best way to do so is to identify the SOURCE of Salmonella, that is, where in the food chain did this pathogen enter. Thus far in this recall, as well as in the majority of all recalls of meat contaminated with Salmonella and E.coli, precious little if any information or focus is being paid to a scientific determination of the SOURCE. Rather, our government has lulled Americans to sleep, thinking that the enforcement hammer is thrown against the downline DESTINATION facilities which unwittingly purchase previously-contaminated meat, then we can all sleep well at night, and eat safely. Get used to these recalls and consumer sicknesses, because our narrow-minded USDA is perfectly content to follow pathogens downstream, rather than force the source to clean up its act. King Soopers is but the latest victim, and will pay the price, while its suppliers are home free. John Munsell