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Colorado Firm Recalls Beef on Salmonella Fears

23 July 2009

COLORADO, US - A Colorado firm 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.

FSIS says that it has no reason to believe that these products are still available for sale in commerce. However, consumers that may have purchased these fresh ground beef products between 23 May and 23 June 2009, and have stored them in the freezer should look for and discard or destroy these products.

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.

The illnesses were linked through the epidemiological investigation by their less common pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern found in PulseNet, a national network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories coordinated by the CDC.

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