Gab Halal Foods of Troy, MI, is recalling approximately 550 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium
The products subject to recall are:
- Various size bags of ground beef, wrapped in clear plastic
The products were produced between Dec. 4, 2012, and Dec. 10, 2012, and distributed to a restaurant in Macomb County, Mich., and sold directly to consumers at Gab Halal Foods. These products were sold without a label.
This recall has been initiated because of concerns involving a cluster of Salmonella Typhimurium illnesses that may be associated with consumption of raw ground beef from a restaurant in Macomb County, Mich. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) determined that there is a link between this illness cluster and the ground beef products from Gab Halal Foods, as well as another retail store (Jouni Meats, Inc., which recalled ground beef products on January 24, 2013).
Based on epidemiologic and traceback investigations, seven case-patients with the same outbreak strain have been identified in Ariz. and Mich. with illness onset dates ranging from December 9, 2012, to December 13, 2012. The seven case-patients consumed raw beef kibbeh on December 7, 2012, and December 8, 2012. It is not known at this time if this outbreak strain has any drug resistance; results are pending.
There are concerns that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers.
FSIS advises all consumers safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, safe;y and consume only ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact the company's owner, Robert M. Berry, at (248) 879-0927.