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Salmonella in Beef Results in another Food Recall


EMSL Analytical provides testing solutions for Salmonella and other food borne pathogens.

Westmont, NJ, August 13th, 2009

Just last week a California beef processor recalled over 800,000 pounds of ground beef that was distributed in at least four Western states. The reason for the recall was concern over Salmonella contamination after scores of people in those states became sick after eating the meat.

Also last week a major producer of spices announced a voluntary recall after ground red pepper from a New Jersey supplier was found to also be potentially contaminated with Salmonella. These are just a few of the latest food recalls due to the bacteria since the major news stories regarding Salmonella contaminated peanut butter rocked the nation in 2008 and early 2009.

People exposed to Salmonella, a Gram-negative bacterium, can develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps within 12 to 72 hours of exposure. Salmonellosis, the infection caused by Salmonella, typically lasts from 4 to 7 days. Infected people may require hospitalization and there is the possibility that the infection can spread from the intestines into the blood stream and beyond resulting in death.

In an effort to prevent future Salmonella infections the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that egg producers will soon have to begin following new tougher food safety measures. The new rules are aimed at the production, storage and transportation of eggs to prevent the spread of Salmonella.

EMSL Analytical, a leading food and consumer products testing laboratory, has been on the forefront of offering food testing services to the general public and industry for years. “Food testing programs are essential to protect the public,” stated Joe Frasca, Executive Vice President for EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Our laboratories have a long tradition of providing the latest testing technologies to ensure our foods are safe.”

To learn more about Salmonella testing or other testing services contact EMSL Analytical at (800) 220-3675 or visit

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