Vermont health officials are warning of a salmonella outbreak from ground beef sold at Hannaford grocery stores. 33 cases have been reported so far in the six New England states and Virginia. Ten of those were in Vermont.
Pennsylvania company Cargill Beef has recalled nearly 30-thousand pounds of ground beef and Hannafords is now urging customers to check their freezers for meat labeled "use or sell by" May 29th to June 16th.
Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.
"For Vermont that's a lot of cases. We typically see between 80 and 90 cases a year so to have to have ten associated with one outbreak is substantial for us," said Bradley Tompkins with the Vermont Dept. of Health.
The health department says it's important to properly cook and handle ground beef to avoid cross contamination. Hannafords is offering a full refund for any contaminated meat.
Anyone with questions about the recall can call the Cargill Ground Beef Recall Information Center at (888) 812-1646.
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