US officials investigate salmonella outbreak

By Carina Perkins

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Medicine, Salmonella, Beef

US health officials are investigating a multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to ground (minced) beef from Hannaford supermarkets.

A total of 16 people in seven different states have been infected with a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, which appears to be resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is investigating the outbreak alongside the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS), reported that 11 of the people taken ill ate ground beef in the week before their illness, and 10 of them said that they had bought the ground beef from Hannaford stores.

Hannaford, a Maine-based grocery chain, said it had “fully cooperated​” with the investigation and had issued a voluntary recall of all ground beef purchased at its stores with a sell-by date of Dec 17 or earlier. These products have also been removed from the company’s stores.

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