News Blog: Food recalls in the United States

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It seems food safety is the topic of conversation lately as ground beef and cantaloupe in the United States have been recalled.

More than 131,000 pounds of ground beef sold in the Southeast have been recalled by Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) because of possible contamination of E. coli bacteria. The USDA issued a news release today giving information on what products are included in the recall.

Kansas Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E.Coli Contamination

A statement was released by Tyson Fresh meats giving details of which specific products consumers should be aware of.

Tyson Fresh Meats Recalls 131,200 lbs of Ground Beef

Cantaloupe from Jensen Farms in Colorado has been recalled after melons from the farm tested positive for Listeria, a bacterium that causes food poisoning. ABC News interviewed the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, who said this is the deadliest food borne outbreak in the past ten years.

Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak Deadliest in a Decade

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that as of Monday, a 72 people have been infected with the Listeria bacteria from 18 states with 13 deaths occurring in eight states. In the Western United States, Wyoming, New Mexico, Montana, Colorado and California have identified people infected with the bacteria.

Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Whole Cantaloupes from Jensen Farms, Colorado

More cases of foodborne disease from Listeria are expected to continue through October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner told Reuters.

Listeria cases likely to rise through October: U.S. officials

Utah has not seen any evidence of contamination, as indicated in an article by The Salt Lake Tribune. A spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Health said in the article that contaminated cantaloupe has not been distributed in Utah.

Officials: No Evidence of cantaloupe contaminated with listeria in Utah

But according to a news release from the Food and Drug Administration, Utah is on the list of states that the contaminated fruit was distributed to. Consumers should check the labels or consult a retailer before purchasing.

FDA warns consumers not to eat Rocky Ford Cantaloupes shipped by Jensen Farms

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