Burlington The Vermont Department of Health reported July 23 that 10 Vermonters have been linked an illness traced to ground beef. Three unidentified Vermonters were hospitalized and later released, according to a state official.
The beef had been recalled by Hannaford Supermarkets.
Hannaford voluntarily recalled 29,339 pounds of "85-percent-lean" ground beef produced at a Cargill plant in Pennsylvania. The beef appears to contain the virulent salmonella bacteria.
The ground beef in question was produced at the Cargill beef plant in May 25. It was sold through June 26; packages of the beef, while past their date, may still be frozen in home refrigerators.
"Foodborne illnesses are unfortunate and we are sorry for anyone who became sick from eating ground beef we may have produced," Cargill President John Keating said in a news statement.
"Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or those undergoing chemotherapy," the USDA said in a news release. "The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days."