NH State Health Officials Warn NH Residents of a Ground Beef Recall

Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) is urging New Hampshire residents not to eat ground beef that has

been recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination. The ground beef

was sold at Hannaford stores here in New Hampshire, as well as in Maine,

Massachusetts, New York and Vermont. The various packages are labeled with

sell-by dates of December 17, 2011 or earlier.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 14 cases

of illness possibly linked to contaminated beef. Ten of the 14 cases

reported buying ground beef at a Hannaford store between October 12 and

November 30. To date, there have been 3 cases of illness in adults in New

Hampshire all of whom have recovered.

“Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of

the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses,” said DHHS’ Public Health

Director Dr. José Montero. “Salmonella infections can be potentially

deadly, especially in young children, seniors and someone with a

compromised immune system. There is concern that some of this potentially

harmful beef could be frozen, so people should be sure to check their

freezers and either throw it away, or return it to the store for a refund.”

DHHS’ Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is working with the CDC,

the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the New Hampshire Grocers

Association this investigation. DPHS’ Food Protection Section is working

closely with Hannaford, who is advising customers not to eat the ground

beef and to return it to the store for a refund – a receipt is not

required. Consumers can contact Hannaford at 1-800-213-9040.

Symptoms of Salmonella infections include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and

fever within 12 – 72 hours. Other symptoms can include chills, headache,

nausea and vomiting that can last up to 7 days. Anyone concerned about an

illness should contact their healthcare provider.

For more information about this recall and Salmonella visit the USDA

website at http://www.usda.gov/, www.fsis.usda.gov, or the CDC website at

http://www.cdc.gov or call the DHHS Division of Public Health Services,

Communicable Disease Control Section at 271-4496 or 1-800-852-3345 x4496.