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    King Soopers Recalls Ground Beef On Salmonella Outbreak

    The Kroger Co.’s Denver-based King Soopers division has recalled nearly a half-million pounds of ground beef that could be infected with salmonella.

    The Kroger Co.’s Denver-based King Soopers division has recalled nearly a half-million pounds of ground beef that could be infected with salmonella.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said 14 illnesses in Colorado have been linked to beef sold between May 23 and June 23. The strain of salmonella is resistant to many commonly prescribed drugs, the USDA noted, which could put people at risk for prolonged effects of the illness.

    As a result of the ongoing investigation into the outbreak of what’s been identified as Salmonella Typhimurium DT104 -- a particular strain of the pathogen that is resistant to many commonly prescribed drugs -- the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) notified FSIS of the problem. Epidemiological investigations and a case control study conducted by CDPHE and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that there is an association between the fresh ground beef products and 14 illnesses reported in Colorado. The illnesses were linked through the epidemiological investigation by their less common pulsed-field gel electrophoresis pattern found in PulseNet, a national network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories coordinated by the CDC.

    The products subject to recall include:

    --1-pound chubs of (93/7) ground beef. Each package bears the identifying case code 69558
    --1- to 1.25-pound tray packs of (96/4) ground beef. Each package bears the identifying case code 67164
    --1- to 1.25-pound tray packs of (96/4) ground beef. Each package bears the identifying case code 67664
    --1- to 1.25-pound tray packs of (93/7) ground beef. Each package bears the identifying case code 67663
    --1- to 1.25-pound tray packs of (93/7) ground beef. Each package bears the identifying case code 67163
    --2.5- to 3-pound tray packs of (93/7) ground beef. Each package bears the identifying case code 67654
    --6-pack trays of (93/7) ground beef patties. Each package bears the identifying case code 67106
    --4-pack trays of (93/7) ground beef patties. Each package bears the identifying case code 67115

    The ground beef chub products bear a use-by/sell-by date between 05/31/09 and 06/21/09, the tray packs of ground beef bear a use-by/sell-by date between 06.02.09 and 06.23.09, and the ground beef patty products bear a use-by/sell-by date between 06.01.09 and 06.22.09.

    The ground beef products were produced on various dates ranging from May 23, 2009 through June 13, 2009 and bear the establishment number EST. 6250 within the USDA Mark of Inspection, which is printed on the front of the packages. The ground beef products were distributed to retail establishments in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

    Kroger is directing consumers with questions about the recall to contact the company hotline at 800-632-6900.

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