A California company recently recalled almost 23,000 pounds of ground beef products. The recalled beef was produced on September 23 by Beef Packers Inc. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services, the beef may be linked to two cases of salmonella illness. Two Arizona people have the "Salmonella Newport" strain, which is resistant to many drugs used to combat the illness. This drug resistance may increase the risk of hospitalization. Foodborne salmonella infection commonly causes several symptoms, including diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, headache and nausea.
The recalled beef products were produced by Beef Packers Inc., based in Fresno, California, but was repackaged in Arizona and sold under different retail brand names. The labels on the beef include the establishment number "EST 3191." According to Cargill, Inc., which owns Beef Packers Inc., the beef was sold in Arizona and New Mexico.