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Cargill initiates voluntary recall of ground beef in Northeast

WICHITA, Kansas – Cargill Beef, a business unit of Wichita-based Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, today announced an immediate Class I voluntary recall of approximately 29,339 pounds 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. Cargill is initiating this recall as a result of its own investigation and information provided by federal health and regulatory agencies.

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 website at: www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/index.asp.

Cargill initiates voluntary recall of ground beef in Northeast.
For a list of packages associated with this recall, consumers should refer to the USDA recall website. Consumers with questions may go to our ground beef recall information or call Cargill's toll-free consumer relations number: 1-888-812-1646.

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," stated John Keating, Cargill Beef president.  "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."

USDA food safety guidelines for safely handling and preparing food can be found on the USDA Internet website: www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/Safe_Food_Handling_Fact_Sheets/index.asp and serve as helpful food safety reminders.  Beneficial ground beef food safety tips include:

  • Cook ground beef to an internal temperature of 160° F using a thermometer to confirm;
  • Be careful not to cross-contaminate food preparation surfaces or other fresh foods by proper handling, keeping them separated and properly washing cutting boards;
  •  Properly defrost frozen ground beef in a refrigerator for at least 24 hours before cooking.

Cargill is contacting its customers to make certain they know which of their ground beef products are affected by this recall. Consumers are urged to return any opened or unopened packages of listed ground beef to retailers. Cargill is working closely with its customers to make certain as much of the product is retrieved as possible. Consumers with questions about recalled ground beef products may go to our ground beef recall site or contact Cargill’s consumer relations toll free telephone number (1-888-812-1646).

For food safety inquiries, consumers may contact the USDA’s “Ask Karen” virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov (http://www.askkaren.gov/). The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.   

 

Contact

Mike Martin,  316-291-2126, michael_martin@cargill.com  

 

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About Cargill

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 139,000 people in 65 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit Cargill.com and its news center.

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