MAINE: Hannaford revises record-keeping after recall
Posted: February 23rd, 2012 - 10:12pm
Source: Supermarket News
SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Hannaford Bros. here has revised its record-keeping to facilitate trace-back to the original source after its ground beef was implicated in an multi-state outbreak of illness caused by Salmonella Typhimurium.
The grocery chain in December voluntarily recalled all its ground beef after information revealed that several people who had purchased ground beef from Hannaford stores had become ill. The Class I recall was in connection with a food safety investigation initiated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cooperating with the CDC and USDA in their investigation, Hannaford stopped grinding beef trim while it made changes that included more extensive record-keeping, Eric Blom, the 179-unit chain’s director of external communications, told SN last week.
“We simplified the process by temporarily not grinding trim while we added practices for capturing additional details in the record that facilitates trace-back,” Blom said.