Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner

Food Safety Alert

September 29, 2010

Jessica Ziehm

Salmonella in Ground Beef (Packed on September 20)

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today alerted consumers that Hamilton Corner Meat Market Inc., located at 1 Hamilton Place, New York, New York 10031, is recalling all packages of “ground beef” sold from bulk on September 20, 2010, due to the presence of Salmonella.

The recalled “ground beef” was sold in bulk from the store’s meat case and is coded with the date of purchase – Sept. 20, 2010.  The product was sold retail only from the store’s sole location at 1 Hamilton Place, New York, New York.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.  Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea that may be bloody, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.  In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.  No illnesses have been reported to date to this agency in connection with the recalled product.

The contamination was discovered after a sample, collected by a food inspector and analyzed by the New York State Food Laboratory, revealed the presence of Salmonella in a bulk sample of “ground beef”.  The sample was collected during a follow-up inspection from a previous finding of Salmonella in bulk ground beef from the same establishment on September 7, 2010.  Since that time, the store voluntarily closed temporarily to address issues identified on September 20 and will be reinspected and resampled in the near future. 

Consumers who had purchased bulk packaged “ground beef” from the Hamilton Corner Meat Market on September 20, 2010 and are in possession of the product are urged to return it to the place of purchase or discard the product.  

2010 Consumer Alerts