Beef recall in state expands

By SENTINEL STAFF

A recall of ground beef products has been expanded to include Sam’s Club stores in Colorado.

One person of the 21 in Colorado who have contracted salmonella is believed to have purchased ground beef from Sam’s Club, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The products in question from Sam’s Clubs in Colorado have original freeze-by dates of July 6 and July 8, and all meat was 90 percent lean, according to the Health Department. The products have the establishment number ‘EST. 31913’ printed on the case code labels.

The recall, which has included Safeway stores in Colorado, has grown to 826,000 pounds of ground beef products.

Products from Beef Packers Inc., of Fresno, Calif., may be at the root of the salmonella outbreak. Products from the company have been distributed in Colorado, Arizona, California and Utah, according to the Health Department.

One of the Colorado cases is from Mesa County, and one was in Garfield County.

Symptoms of salmonella include abdominal cramping, diarrhea and fever, and most people infected with it notice the symptoms 12 to 72 hours after infection, the Health Department said. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

People should throw the beef products away or return them to their place of purchase.


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