Fresno Beef Company at Center of Recall

August 6, 2009 12:18:54 AM PDT
The biggest beef recall so far this year involves a Fresno based company. Wednesday night government officials announced a recall involving more than 825,000 pounds of beef from Beef Packers, Incorporated.                               |   Click to the View Press Release   |

The investigation began after a Salmonella outbreak in Colorado. USDA officials traced it back to the Fresno plant, but after that things get tricky. That's because the beef was distributed to retail distribution centers in California, Arizona, Colorado and Utah and then repackaged under different names.

Action News spoke to a spokesperson for Cargill, the company that owns Beef Packers, Incorporated, who said they take the recall very seriously. She also said they're working to notify retailers who ended up with bad beef.

At this point, it's unknown how many cases of Salmonella were found in Colorado but the outbreak involves a strain that is especially dangerous. Salmonella Newport is resistant to antibiotics and there is also an increased risk of hospitalization and treatment failure.

Because there's no way for consumers to determine whether they've purchased the recalled beef, consumers with questions should call 877-872-3635.

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