Health Department Alerts Consumers to Hannaford Beef Recall

For Immediate Release: June 29, 2009
Media Contact: Communication Office
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON - The Vermont Department of Health is alerting consumers to a recall of beef products, including ground beef, by Hannaford supermarkets in Vermont. Hannaford announced the recall as part of a nationwide recall of approximately 380,000 pounds of beef products by the JSP Swift Beef Company of Greeley, CO.

The company initiated the recall after learning that some of their beef products were linked to illness caused by E. coli O157:H7 bacteria in 18 people across the country. No illness in Vermont has been linked to this product.

There are 14 Hannaford supermarkets in Vermont.

Consumers are advised to check their freezers for any ground beef or beef products purchased at Hannaford with sell-by dates ranging from April 28 through June 6. The beef can be returned to Hannaford and the store will provide a refund or replacement of any beef or ground beef product that may be contaminated.

The Health Department is reminding Vermonters to cook ground beef to at least 160ºF. Keep raw meat separate from ready-to-eat foods, do not put cooked hamburgers on the unwashed plate that held raw patties, and wash countertops, cutting boards and utensils after they touch raw meat.

E.coli O157:H7 is a foodborne bacteria that causes severe diarrhea, often with bloody stools, and abdominal cramps. Symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 usually start from 3-4 days after eating a contaminated food item, and may include stomach cramps and diarrhea. Most people recover from E. coli bacterial illness without antibiotics or other specific treatment in five to 10 days, but more serious complications can develop. Severe cases can lead to kidney damage, kidney failure and death

Anyone experiencing severe abdominal symptoms should seek medical attention. Physicians are advised to report suspected cases of bacterial foodborne infection to the Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7240 or 1-800-640-4374.

For more information about this strain of E. coli, visit the Department of Health online at: healthvermont.gov and click on E. coli under the “E” section of the website. Or visit: E. coli O157:H7

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