Cargill-owned Fresno meatpacker recalls tainted burger
Saturday, December 5, 2009
A Fresno meatpacker today is recalling more than 22,000 pounds of Salmonella-tainted hamburger, less than four months after the same packer issued a far larger recall.
Beef Packers, Inc., a subsidiary of the agribusiness giant, Cargill, issued the recall for products packed in late November and distributed in Arizona. Here is Fresno television station KFSN’s report on the latest recall. Here is our report on food safety legislation that stalled in Sacramento this year.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration said in its latest recall announcement:
The ground beef products were distributed to a retail distribution center in Arizona. Because these products were repackaged into consumer-size packages and sold under different retail brand names, consumers should check with their local retailer to determine whether they may have purchased any of the products subject to recall.
In August, Beef Packers recalled 826,000 pounds of ground beef products linked to an outbreak of salmonella in the Western states, as USA Today reported in this article.
Cargill is among the largest privately held corporations in the world. It reported revenue in excess of $116 billion in its most recent fiscal year. The Minneapolis-based firm purchased the Fresno-based Beef Packers, Inc., in 2006, as it said in this announcement.
Cargill and the meat industry’s practices have come under focus in part because of a New York Times article focusing on a young woman who became paralyzed after from eating products the company allegedly produced. That woman, a dance instructor before she became ill, sued Cargill this week.