Food Safety

Tracing tainted beef to the retail level

The California Department of Health published a ten-page list of affected retail outlets

Beef Packers, Inc. (Fresno, CA) recalled approximately 825,769 pounds of ground beef products that may be linked to an outbreak of salmonella, according to the USDA’s FSIS. The ground beef products were produced on various dates ranging from June 5 through June 23, 2009 and bear the establishment number “EST. 31913” printed on the case code labels. The ground beef products were distributed to retail distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah. FSIS stated, “Because these products were repackaged and sold under different retail brand names, consumers should check with their local retailer to determine whether they may have purchased any of the products subject to recall.
While FSIS published the list of affected cases of meat, it has not published a list of retail outlets affected by the recall. However, the California Department of Health has provided a ten-page list of retail outlets in California. The California Department still suggests that consumers should check with their local retailer to determine whether they may have purchased any of the products. Consumers should also check in their refrigerators and freezers and either dispose of the product or return it where it was purchased.

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