Whether its just extremely competent public health officials, or that this particular state just got more of the bad meat than everybody else, Colorado is currently at the epicenter of a national outbreak of antibiotic resistant Salmonella Newport linked to ground beef. To date, at least 21 Coloradans have been sickened in the outbreak, with the following breakdown of counties: Arapahoe (3), Broomfield (3), Denver (3), Douglas (1), Elbert (1), Garfield (1), Jefferson (5), Mesa (1), Pueblo (1) and Weld (2). The Boulder Food Examiner reports that there may be 3 cases in Boulder County as well. The contaminated meat was distributed to Safeway and Sam’s Club stores in Colorado, and has use or freeze by dates ranging from the end of June to July 11, 2009. See http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_041_2009_Release/index.asp for more detail on which products are subject to the recall.