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CDC Warns of Multistate Outbreaks for Ground Beef, Ham, Poultry, Eggs

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | October 10, 2018 | 3:30 PM EDT

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website is currently warning Americans about multistate infection outbreaks for ground beef, ham, poultry and eggs.

Ground Beef:

"CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections linked to ground beef produced by JBS Tolleson, Inc."

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“On October 4, 2018, JBS Tolleson, Inc., of Tolleson, Arizona, recalled approximately 6.5 million pounds of beef products, including ground beef, which may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport.

“Recalled beef products were produced and packaged from July 26, 2018, to September 7, 2018 and were shipped to retailers nationwide.

“Products are labeled with the establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection.”

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“Consumers who have ground beef in their homes labeled with the establishment number “EST. 267” should contact the store where it was purchased to find out if it was recalled. Do not eat recalled ground beef. Return it to the store or throw it away.”

Deli Ham:

“CDC and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to ready-to-eat deli ham produced by Johnston County Hams, Inc. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) is monitoring this outbreak.”

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“On October 3, 2018, Johnston County Hams, Inc. in Smithfield, North Carolina recalled ham products because they might be contaminated with Listeria bacteria.

“As a result of this recall, several other companies recalled ham products. For complete lists of recalled products, check the USDA-FSIS website and the FDA website.”

Poultry:

“The Virginia and Georgia departments of health are investigating a multistate outbreak of psittacosis occurring at two poultry slaughter plants owned by a single corporation. CDC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are assisting with the investigation.”

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“During August–September 2018, psittacosis cases were reported among workers at two poultry slaughter plants in Virginia and Georgia. A single corporation owns both plants.

“Chlamydia psittaci, the type of bacteria that causes psittacosis, was detected by a laboratory test in 11 people. Additional illnesses in workers at the two plants have been identified, although have not been confirmed by the laboratory. The Virginia and Georgia departments of health may report all cases, making their case counts higher than what CDC reports (i.e., CDC is only reporting laboratory-confirmed cases).”

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“CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to shell eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms.”

Cage-Free Eggs:

“On September 8, 2018, Gravel Ridge Farms recalled cage-free large eggs because they might be contaminated with Salmonella.”

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“Gravel Ridge Farms recalled packages of a dozen and 2.5 dozen eggs in cardboard containers with UPC code 7-06970-38444-6.”

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“Recalled eggs have “best if used by” dates of July 25, 2018 through October 3, 2018.

“Recalled eggs were sold in grocery stores and to restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. For a full list of locations where recalled eggs were sold, visit the FDA website.”

No warnings about pork or vegetable products are currently on the site’s homepage.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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