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In cooperation with Beef Packers, Inc.’s recall of 825,769 pounds of ground beef that may be linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis, Pleseanton, Calif.-Safeway, Inc. is recalling fresh ground beef products sold between June 6 through July 14, 2009, at stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming.
While the recalled product is no longer in stores, Safeway is asking its customers to check all ground beef in their freezers. Fresh ground beef products sold at both the full-service counter and in the self-service area on the dates listed above, should be discarded or returned for a full refund. These products include fresh ground beef, fresh ground beef patties and fresh meat loaf.
Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella Newport can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella Newport infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems such as infants, the elderly, and people with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. This particular strain of salmonella is resistant to many commonly prescribed drugs, which can increase the risk of hospitalization or possible treatment failure in infected individuals. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may include chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.