Cargill recalls 30,000 pounds of ground beef

Hamburger: often delicious, sometimes deadly.
Hamburger: often delicious, sometimes deadly.

Thank goodness it's National Hot Dog Day, because the mere thought of a hamburger is churning our stomachs.

Minnesota-headquartered Cargill, Inc., which processes beef under Cargill Beef in Wichita, Kansas, announced yesterday a recall of nearly 30,000 pounds of ground beef from a Pennsylvania plant because the batch might be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis, according to a statement by the company .

Though the ground beef was made by Cargill, it was packaged for sale by stores in the northeastern part of the country at the end of May and in early June, the statement says.

Minnesota does not appear to be in any danger. According to Cargill, Hannaford Supermarkets announced that it sold the ground beef in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. Consumers have been urged to look for "use or sell by" dates between May 29 and June 16.

The government has traced five illnesses, two of which were serious enough to warrant hospitalization, to the same strain of Salmonella found in the Cargill beef, NPR's The Salt food blog reported. Investigators are, however, looking into 33 cases of illness in seven states --Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

This recall is small relative to Cargill's recall last year, according to NPR. The company recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey due to Salmonella, and then another 185,000 pounds a month later.

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