Hannaford Bros. Supermarkets has issued a recall of 29,339 pounds of ground beef that may contain salmonella. Hannaford is a Maine-based supermarket chain with stores across the Northeast including in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York, with several stores here in the Capitol District and Albany. The recall period is for ground beef with "use or sell by" dates between May 29 and June 16, 2012. This is Hannaford's second massive recall for tainted ground beef within the last eight months, having issued a similar recall in December 2011. A full report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) concerning the 2011 recall is available here. Dreyer Boyajian LLP represents several persons injured as a consequence of the 2011 Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak.
According to a press release issued on Sunday night, July 23, 2012, the recall bee was produced at the company's Wyalusing, Pennsylvania facility on May 25, 2012, at a Cargill plant. Apparently the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service determined that the beef may contain Salmonella Enteritidis, a common type of Salmonella that the CDC describes as "an important cause of human illness in the United States." Although Hannaford has indicated that Cargill has issued the recall in question, under the law, grocery stores like Hannaford may be held strictly liable for defective product sold at their stores to consumers who rightly presume that the food they purchase is safe for human consumption.
Common symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, aching, fever, chills, headache, dehydration, nausea, and vomiting. These symptoms usually manifest within a few days after ingestion, and may lead to hospitalization or other serious medical complications if not treated timely.
Dreyer Boyajian LLP represents victims of food-borne illnesses such as salmonella infection. If you or someone you know has been so affected, contact our office for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.