LAKE PLACID - Nine more people nationwide have become sick because of salmonella linked to ground beef sold at Hannaford supermarkets, a federal agency announced Thursday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 19 people in seven states - five in New York - have become ill since Hannaford voluntarily recalled ground beef on Dec. 15, at which time the beef had reportedly made 10 people ill. The Enterprise asked CDC officials Thursday for a breakdown of where in New York those five illnesses were reported, but no answer was received by press time.
The recall included all Hannaford regular ground beef, Taste of Inspirations angus ground beef and Nature's Place ground beef with a sell-by date of Dec. 17 or earlier.
Hannaford corporate spokesman Michael Norton told the Enterprise Thursday that a "good number" of consumers returned the ground beef, but he stressed that some people may still have the meat in their freezers and should check immediately for a sell-by date.
Norton said the recall affected all stores.
"The source is in the supply coming into stores, so it wouldn't be that meaningful to talk about specific stores," he said when asked if it had affected Lake Placid's Hannaford. "We don't want a misunderstanding; we still want the product back because that's the nature of the recall."