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Safeway recalls ground beef products sold in June and July

MEDIA RELEASE

PLEASANTON, Calif.—August 6, 2009 — In cooperation with Beef Packers, Inc.’s recall of 825,769 pounds of ground beef that may be linked to an outbreak of Salmonellosis, Safeway Inc. is recalling fresh ground beef products sold between June 6 through July 14, 2009. The recall only affects stores in: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming.

While the recalled product is no longer in stores, Safeway is asking its customers to check all ground beef in their freezers. Fresh ground beef products sold at both the full service counter and in the self service area, with the sell-by dates listed above, should be discarded or returned for a full refund. These products include fresh ground beef, fresh ground beef patties and fresh meat loaf.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella Newport can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella Newport infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. This particular strain of Salmonella Newport is resistant to many commonly prescribed drugs, which can increase the risk of hospitalization or possible treatment failure in infected individuals. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may include chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

Safeway is committed to ensuring the safety of its customers. The company employs rigorous food safety standards in stores and insists on the same level of commitment from suppliers and vendors. Safeway’s food safety standards and practices are among the most stringent in the industry.

The US Department of Agriculture recommends the following measures for Preventing Salmonellosis:
• Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Also wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot soapy water. Clean up spills right away.

• Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.

• Cook raw meat and poultry to safe internal temperatures before eating. The safe internal temperature for meat such as beef and pork is 160º F, and 165º F for poultry, as determined with a food thermometer.

• Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase (one hour if temperatures exceed 90º F). Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.

Safeway customers can contact 1-800-SAFEWAY for more information about their specific product. Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. Media with questions for the US Department of Agriculture should contact company Director of Communications Rebecca Hayne 316-291-2126. Customers can also contact Beef Packers, Inc. at 877-872-3635.

More informationa on the recall at the USDA website

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