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Cargill Initiates Voluntary Ground Beef Recall in Northeast

Last updated on August 16th, 2012 at 01:29 pm

Cargill Beef, a business unit of Wichita-based Cargill Meat Solutions Corp., announces an immediate Class I voluntary recall of approximately 29,339 lbs. of 85-percent-lean, fresh, ground beef produced at the company’s Wyalusing, Penn., facility on May 25, 2012, due to possible contamination from Salmonella Enteritidis.

The ground beef involved was repackaged for sale to consumers by Cargill’s customers. For a list of packages associated with this recall, consumers should refer to the USDA recall web site at: www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/index.asp.

Cargill is initiating this recall as a result of its own investigation and information provided by federal health and regulatory agencies.

USDA has confirmed that the strain of Salmonella Enteritidis associated with the ground beef recall is not antibiotic resistant. There are more than 2,400 strains of naturally and randomly occurring Salmonella found throughout nature.

“Food borne illnesses are unfortunate and we are sorry for anyone who became sick from eating ground beef we may have produced,” said John Keating, president of Cargill Beef. “Ensuring our beef products are safe is our highest priority and an investigation is underway to determine the source of Salmonella in the animals we purchased for harvest and any actions necessary to prevent this from recurring.”

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