Disease Proof

Recalled Ground Beef Linked to Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella

Aren’t you glad you don’t eat hamburgers? Yesterday, US Department of Agriculture issued a warning that more than 800,000 pounds of beef products from a California producer have been recalled due to an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella.

The US authorities said it had raised the alarm after being contacted by Colorado health officials about an ongoing investigation into an outbreak of Salmonella Newport.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced last week that it was involved in a nationwide investigation with the USDA and other state authorities to investigate cases of salmonella infections that were “resistant to several commonly used antibiotics”.

While reports of illnesses have come from nine states, the majority of those affected were in Colorado – with ground beef pin-pointed as the most likely cause for the 21 people sickened in the state, said the CDPHE.

Whoa! That’s a pretty big recall. The last big one was the 400,000 pounds recalled for E. coli contamination. I wonder what they do with it all. Maybe that's how you make hotdogs.

Via Food Production Daily.

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Greg - August 9, 2009 8:45 AM

Wonderful post.

You forgot to tell readers what happens when beef is recalled. The short version: most of it is eaten long before grocery stores can send any of it back.

Arlo - August 10, 2009 5:40 PM

"Aren’t you glad you don’t eat hamburgers?" You better believe it, with that nasty bun around it. Grass-fed steak is much tastier.

Do you also post every time vegetables are contaminated with e-coli and people actually die from it, or do you just cherry-pick your stories to try to demonize meat?

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