Cargill has recalled 29,339 pounds of ground beef because of possible salmonella contamination, the USDA announced yesterday. An outbreak of salmonella in early June sickened 33 individuals; officials were able to trace back five of the cases to ground beef from Cargill Meat Solutions in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania. The illnesses were spread across seven states in New England and the Mid-Atlantic.
The recalled ground beef was available fresh in late May, but the USDA release notes that some consumers might still have packages of the beef in their freezers.
The recalled ground beef was sold under various brand names, but according to the USDA, each product "subject to recall bears the establishment number 'EST. 9400' inside the USDA mark of inspection."
Last summer, Cargill recalled over 36 million pounds of ground turkey produced at a Springdale, Arkansas, plant for possible salmonella contamination, and in the summer of 2010, Cargill recalled 8,500 pounds of ground beef from the same Wyalusing plant for possible E. coli contamination.