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King Soopers of Denver Colorado Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Salmonella Contamination – 14 Ill – US Public is the “Canary in the Coal Mine”

Once again contaminated food products are shipped to US grocery stores and consumers become ill.  The US pubic continues to be the "canary in the coal mine."  As FSIS reports:

As a result of an ongoing investigation into an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium DT104 associated with ground beef products, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) notified FSIS of the problem. Epidemiological investigations and a case control study conducted by CDPHE and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that there is an association between the fresh ground beef products and 14 illnesses reported in Colorado.

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-039-2009 HEALTH RISK: HIGH

King Soopers, Inc., a Denver, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 466,236 pounds of ground beef products that may be linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products subject to recall include:

* 1-pound chubs of (93/7) ground beef. Each package bears the identifying case code "69558."
* 1 – 1.25-lb. tray packs of (96/4) ground beef. Each package bears the identifying case code "67164."
* 1 – 1.25-lb. tray packs of (96/4) ground beef. Each package bears the identifying case code "67664."
* 1 – 1.25-lb. tray packs of (93/7) ground beef. Each package bears the identifying case code "67663."
* 1 – 1.25-lb. tray packs of (93/7) ground beef. Each package bears the identifying case code "67163."
* 2.5 – 3-lb. tray packs of (93/7) ground beef. Each package bears the identifying case code "67654."
* 6-pack trays of (93/7) ground beef patties. Each package bears the identifying case code "67106."
* 4-pack trays of (93/7) ground beef patties. Each package bears the identifying case code "67115."

The ground beef chub products bear a use-by/sell-by date between "05/31/09" and "06/21/09;" the tray packs of ground beef bear a use-by/sell-by date between "06.02.09" and "06.23.09;" and the ground beef patty products bear a use-by/sell-by date between "06.01.09" and "06.22.09."

The ground beef products were produced on various dates ranging from May 23, 2009 through June 13, 2009 and bear the establishment number "EST. 6250" within the USDA Mark of Inspection, which is printed on the front of the packages. The ground beef products were distributed to retail establishments in Colo., Kan., Mo., Neb., N.M., Utah and Wyom.

  • A Gosla

    Bill,
    I check your blog every so often, and I’m always amazed at what’s happening, or should I say not happening in the food safety industry. My heart cries for all those families going through e-coli illnesses. If you ever find out that any of the parents of the sick children would like to talk to an experienced parent in this area, you are welcome to give them my phone number. Thanks for all the honest updates and for being the spokesperson and advocate for innocent food consumers.

  • Blustone, PhD

    USDA needs to rehire all the old Inspectors that have retired and let them do the job they do best and that is inspect meat!!! The new Inspectors they are hiring now are what the old Inspectors call educated Idiots. They think their degrees make them smart and they don’t think they need to know how to inspect meat products, just look at the paperwork. We never had these kinds of recalls when Inspectors were allowed to do their jobs. I have stated numerous times that the USDA needs to drop HACCP and let the Inspectors do their job. Nothing like letting the Fox inspect the Chicken house. HACCP= Have A Cup of Coffee and Pray.

  • A Gosla

    Whatever it takes to make America’s meat safe should be done! Bring on the retired inspectors. I’m not fond of the acronym HACCP because I had to pray that my daughter would survive e-coli poisoning. No parent or loved one should have to watch their most innocent precious gift go through what we did and the future function of her kidneys is still a mystery. Thanks again, Bill, for all you do! And thanks Mr. Blustone for caring.