A beef company in Fresno, central California is recalling hundreds of thousands of ground beef products suspected of being linked with an outbreak of salmonella, sources at the company confirmed on Thursday.
Earlier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that Beef Packers Inc. is recalling 825,769 pounds of ground beef produced between June 5, 2009 through June 23.
This was the biggest beef recall so far this year.
The beef has been distributed to retail distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah, according to the department.
The recall involved beef products which bear the establishment number "EST. 31913" printed on case code labels.
Because the beef was repackaged under different retail names, consumers should check with the store they bought beef from to determine if they've purchased any recalled beef, the USAD said.
The investigation began after a Salmonella outbreak in Colorado. USDA officials traced it back to the Fresno plant.
A spokesperson for Cargill, the company that owns Beef Packers, Inc., said they take the recall very seriously. She also said they're working to notify retailers who ended up with bad beef.
At this point, it's unknown how many cases of Salmonella were found in Colorado but the outbreak involves a strain that is especially dangerous. The strain is resistant to antibiotics and may increase the risk of hospitalization and treatment failure.