In October we reported that 6.5 million pounds or 3,250 tons of ground beef distributed by JBS Tolleson Company out of Tolleson, Arizona were being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. That recall has now almost doubled to over 12 million pounds, or 6,000 tons.
Yesterday, the USDA reissued their October 4, 2018 recall to include an additional 5, 156,076 pounds of raw beef products. The items were shipped to stores around the nation; as of this report, there was not a list of stores who received the products available from the USDA.
The products were packaged on various dates between July 26, 2018 to September 7, 2018 and have an establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection on them.
In October, the USDA had reported 57 confirmed illnesses in 16 states. Those numbers have increased to 246 cases being reported in 25 states, with 59 people having been hospitalized. No deaths related to this recall have been reported.
This is a USDA Class I recall meaning it is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
The USDA is asking consumers who still have the affected products to either throw the product away or return it to the store where it was purchased.
The USDA is also reminding consumers to safely prepare raw beef and ensure it is cooked properly and to a safe internal temperature of 160°F for ground beef, and 145°F for whole cuts.
Consumers with questions about the recall can call the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at 800-727-2333.
States where stores received the recalled products:
Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
For the list of affected items, here are the links for the products and the labels:
According to the CDC, the symptoms of Salmonella include
Diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps anywhere from 12 to 17 hours after exposure
It usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people are able to recover without medical treatment
The elderly, the young, and those with compromised immune systems are likely to experience sever symptoms
Some people may experience severe dehydration which requires hospitalization.
If you think you have been sickened by Salmonella, or exposed to it, speak with your medical provider.
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