Can I Get Salmonella from Ground Beef?

Yes, You Can Get Salmonella from Ground Beef

Most people are aware that ground beef can pose an E. coli risk, but not as many realize that you can get Salmonella from contaminated ground beef. As food safety lawyers, we’re all too familiar with the serious illness that can result from ground beef contaminated with Salmonella. In one recent ground beef Salmonella Dublin outbreak, nine of the 13 people who were sickened needed to be hospitalized and one of them died. That 2019 outbreak was linked to ground beef produced by Central Valley Meat Co. and sold under the Stater Bros. brand name.

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Recent Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreaks

2019 Stater Bros. Ground Beef Salmonella Dublin Outbreak

Ground Beef SalmonellaBetween August 8, 2019, and October 22, 2019, 13 people in eight states developed Salmonella infections after eating Stater Bros. ground beef that was produced by Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, CA.

Health officials used Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to analyze the genetic “fingerprint” of the Salmonella Dublin strain cultured from the people who got sick and found it closely resembled one they found in six samples of raw beef products from slaughter and processing establishments and in an unopened package of meat purchased by one of the patients.

Salmonella Dublin causes more serious illnesses than other Salmonella strains. In this outbreak, illnesses were reported among people who ranged in age from 39 to 74 years old. The hospitalization rate was more than three times the average and six of these patients had Salmonella Dublin in their bloodstreams which indicates severe illness.

The case total reported from each state was: California (2), Colorado (4), Iowa (1), Kansas (2), New  Mexico (1), Oklahoma (1), Texas (1) and Washington (1). The fatality occurred in California.

2018-2019 JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella Newport Outbreak

List of ground beef salmonella stores
List of stores included in JBS Tolleson ground beef recall.

Between August 5, 2018 and February 8, 2019, 403 people in 30 states developed Salmonella Newport infections after eating ground beef produced by JBS Tolleson Inc. of Tolleson, AZ that was sold under a variety of brand names. One hundred seventeen people were hospitalized.

The JBS ground beef Salmonella Newport outbreak affected dozens of retailers including Walmart, Winn Dixie, Sam’s Club, Kroger and Sprouts and triggered a recall of The ground beef Salmonella outbreak triggered a recall of 12 million pounds of beef sold under brand names such as Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Comnor Perfect Choice, Gourmet Burger, Grass Run Farms Natural Beef, JBS Generic, Kroger, Showcase and Walmart.

Health officials used WGS to identify the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport in cultures from patients and in unopened packages of beef products they had purchased.

The number of cases reported from each state was: Arizona (54), California (143), Colorado (60), Connecticut (1), Hawaii (5), Idaho (3), Iowa (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (5), Michigan (1), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (2), Missouri (3), Montana (10), New Mexico (23), New York (1), Nevada (14), Ohio (9), Oklahoma (10), Oregon (1), South Dakota (10), Texas (19), Utah (11), Washington (3), West Virginia (1),  and Wyoming (5).

2016-2017 Mystery Ground Beef Salmonella Newport Outbreak

In May 2018,  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that a ground beef Salmonella Newport outbreak had sickened 106 people in 21 states during a 10-month from October 4, 2016, to July 19, 2017. The agency did not provide brand names of the ground meat product linked to the outbreak or the names of stores where the products were sold.

Health officials interviewed 52 of the people sickened; 31 of them said they bought ground beef from multiple locations of two national grocery chains, the other 21 reported buying ground beef from locations of 15 other grocery chains. They reported buying pre-made beef patties, beef on plastic-wrapped trays and chubs of ground beef sold in varying sizes.

The states that reported cases were: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.


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2013- 2013 Jouni Meats, Inc. and Gab Halal Foods Salmonella Typhimurium Ground Beef Outbreak

Between December 9, 2012, and February 20, 2013, 22 patients ranging in age from 2 years to 87 years old were sickened in a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked ground beef processed by Jouni Meats, Inc. and Gab Halal Foods of Michigan. Sven people were hospitalized.

Some of the people sickened ate raw ground beef kibbeh served at Ike’s restaurant in Sterling Heights, MI.  The number of cases reported from each state was: Arizona (1), Iowa (1), Illinois (2), Michigan (9), and Wisconsin (8).

2012 Cargill Ground Beef Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak 

In 2012, 46 people in nine states were sickened in a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak linked ground beef produced by Cargill Meat Solutions. Twelve people were hospitalized.  The of number cases reported from each state was: Maine (2), Massachusetts (3), New Hampshire (3), New York (20), North Carolina (1), Rhode Island (3), Vermont (11), Virginia (2), and West Virginia (1).

Experienced Salmonella Lawyers

The Salmonella lawyers at Pritzker Hageman have represented clients in every major Salmonella outbreak in the U.S. in the last 20 years. If you were sickened in this outbreak and would like a free consultation with our experienced Salmonella Team, please call 1 (888) 377-8900 (toll-free), send a text to 612-261-0856 or complete the form below.

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