Jul 24, 2009 8:19 am
6 Hospitalized In
Colorado For Salmonella
Department of Public Health and Environment Ground Beef Recall Info
Colorado health department says six people are recovering after being
hospitalized for salmonella that might be linked to a ground beef recall.
Officials said Thursday 14 cases have been reported in the state overall.
Eight did not require hospitalization.
The Denver-based King Soopers grocery chain on Wednesday recalled 466,236
pounds of ground beef products that were distributed to stores in Colorado,
Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
The state Department of Public Health and Environment urged the recall
because of the number of people hospitalized and because the strain of
salmonella found is resistant to many antibiotics usually used to treat the
illness, spokeswoman Lori Maldonado said.
Brian Mabry of the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday this
was the first time the agency had recalled raw ground beef for salmonella.
Mabry said salmonella has been found in raw ground beef before but no recall
was issued because the source hadn't been determined. He said other
salmonella recalls have involved cooked ground beef.
The King Soopers ground beef products were produced May 23-June 13 and bear
"EST. 6250" within the USDA Mark of Inspection, printed on the
front of the packages.
Salmonella can result in abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever. Most people
recover without treatment, but some require hospitalization. In rare cases,
the organism can get into the blood and produce more severe illnesses.