Recall: Ground beef tainted with salmonella Newport strain

Legal news for Arizona product liability attorneys. Beef Packers Inc. recalled 22,723 pounds of ground beef.

Product liability lawyers alert- Beef Packers Inc. issued a recall of ground beef, which contains salmonella Newport bacteria.

Phoenix, AZ—A second recall of thousands of pounds of ground beef was issued due to contamination of a drug-resistant strain of salmonella. The recall was announced on Friday, December 4, 2009, by Beef Packers Inc., of all ground beef that was sent to stores in Arizona and New Mexico, as reported by USA Today.

Safeway stated the recall affects the ground beef sold at their locations in Arizona, and one store in Gallup, New Mexico. Although the recalled product in no longer on store shelves; consumers are urged to check all previously bought ground beef in their freezers and discard any beef with the “sell by” dates of September 28th through October 11th. The recalled products are fresh ground beef, beef patties, meatballs, and stuffed peppers. The Arizona Department of Health Services, revealed two illnesses from the ground beef were reported. The tainted beef was “repackaged into consumer-size packages, which were sold under different retail brand names,” as reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. A total of 22,723 pounds of ground beef were recalled. Salmonella Newport infections are life threatening. Young children and elderly people with weak immune systems are the most at risk. Symptoms of salmonella Newport poisoning include diarrhea, fever, cramps and vomiting. The biggest danger is that the strain of bacteria is resistant to antibiotics.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Arizona product liability lawyers.