12 million pounds of beef recalled nationwide for salmonella concerns

Irving Hamilton
December 4, 2018

JBS Tolleson, Inc., a Tolleson, Ariz. establishment, is recalling approximately 12,093,271 pounds of non-intact raw beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The recalled beef is linked to an outbreak of salmonella that, as of November 15, has caused 246 people to become sick in 25 states, including 50 people in Colorado, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While most individuals who contract salmonella recover without treatment, the bacteria is particularly unsafe in children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. It usually hits between 12 hours and three days after eating food with salmonella and hangs around for four to seven days.

The raw, non-intact beef items, including ground beef, were distributed nationwide from JBS Tolleson.

The specific products subject to recall are stamped with "EST. 267" inside the USDA mark of inspection, and were shipped nationwide.

The full list of recalled products is available online.

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No deaths have been reported but 56 people have been hospitalized.

FSIS said its concerned that consumers may unknowingly have recalled beef in their freezer. If you have any of these products, you're encouraged to throw them away.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention.

In addition, "only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 (degrees)". Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.

It is possible for some people to be infected with the bacteria and to not get sick or show any symptoms, but to still be able to spread the infection to others.

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