Safeway Issues Ground Beef Recall As Health Officials Investigate Salmonella Outbreak

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Safeway is recalling ground beef products sold in Colorado stores that health officials say could be linked to an outbreak of salmonella in the state.

The grocery chain has issued the recall for fresh ground beef, fresh ground beef patties, and fresh meatloaf sold from June 6 through July 14.

Safeway officials say those products have not been on store shelves for weeks, but they are asking customers to check all ground beef in their freezers. They say fresh ground products sold at both the full service counter and in the self service area, with the sell by dates listed above, should be thrown away or returned to any Safeway store for a full refund.

This recall is connected to a massive recall issued Thursday by Beef Packers Inc. The California based company is recalling more than 825,000 pounds of ground beef distributed to Arizona, California, Utah, and Colorado that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says it has confirmed 21 cases of salmonella in the state linked to this recall, one of which was here in Mesa County. The Mesa County Health Department says that person was not hospitalized and is recovering at this time.

Of those 21 cases, state health officials say 15 purchased ground beef from Safeway. They say point of purchase information for those other cases is not available, and it is unknown if products were sold at any other stores in Colorado.

Safeway is also recalling those same products in eight other states.

This is the second ground beef related salmonella outbreak the U.S. Department of Agriculture has investigated in a month.

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