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Salmonella Outbreak in 7 States Forces Recall of Cargill Fresh Beef

EMSL Analytical offers Salmonella testing through our advanced microbiology labs.


Late Sunday Cargill Beef recalled nearly 30,000 pounds of 85 percent lean, fresh, ground beef due to Salmonella. The affected meat was produced in Wyalusing, PA on May 25, 2012. 

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service discovered the infected meat during an ongoing investigation of a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak. The case involved 33 individuals across the states of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Vermont. Investigators suspect that Cargill’s customers repackaged the beef for sale to the public.

Individuals infected with Salmonella often experience diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after the infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, infants, the elderly, or those with weak immune systems may be likely to develop a more serious illness.

This outbreak of Salmonella was found to be drug sensitive, and therefore infected patients can be treated with antibiotics. 

“EMSL Analytical provides rapid microbiological testing services for food pathogens, such as Salmonella, for the local food industry in our Cinnaminson, NJ lab,” states EMSL’s National Food Microbiology Supervisor, Joy Dell’Aringa, M.S., R.M. (N.R.M.), C.F.S.P. “We offer a range of turn-around times so that our clients can get their results quickly and take the appropriate actions, if need be.”

For more information about EMSL’s food testing division, please contact EMSL at 800-220-3675, , or visit or

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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