JBS Tolleson recalls almost 7 million pounds of raw beef

Daniel Fowler
October 8, 2018

An Arizona-based beef company has recalled over 6.5 million pounds of meat over concerns that it could be potentially contaminated with salmonella.

More than 6.5 million pounds of raw beef products were voluntarily recalled Thursday from a plant in Arizona where federal officials had previously complained about "egregious" and "inhumane" livestock conditions.

Recalled beef products were produced and packaged from July 26, 2018, to September 7, 2018 and were shipped to retailers nationwide.

The affected products have an establishment number of " EST.

The USDA is anxious that some of the beef is already in consumers' freezers. FSIS will continue to work with public health partners and will provide updated information should it become available. "267." Do not eat this ground beef. Return it to the store or throw it away in a secure garbage can.

Consumers with questions about the recall can call the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333.

Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating recalled ground beef. It is important to handle and prepare all ground beef products carefully. A salmonella outbreak in June linked to watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe and fresh-cut fruit products from Caito Foods in IL sickened 60 people in five states and prompted a recall. The cases were reported between August 5th and September 6th.

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Fourteen people have been hospitalized.

The second lawsuit was filed today against JBS Tolleson on behalf of Joseph Rozich, a Las Vegas resident who was diagnosed with Salmonella Newport after consuming two Crunch Wrap Supremes from Taco Bell.

The raw ground beef was sold under numerous names, including the Showcase brand at Walmart. Use a food thermometer to make sure the meat has reached a safe internal temperature. You can't tell whether meat is safely cooked by looking at it.

In addition, watch out for cross-contamination between ground beef, kitchen counters, the fridge, utensils, and plates.

Symptoms of salmonella usually begin 12 to 72 hours of consuming contaminated food.

Most people recover without treatment. CDC PulseNet manages a national database of these DNA fingerprints to identify possible outbreaks.

Children under the age of 5, adults over the age of 65, and anyone with a weakened immune system are especially at risk of developing severe complications from Salmonella infections. So far, the agency said 57 people from 16 states have been infected with the outbreak salmonella strain and 14 have been hospitalized. There are no deaths reported due to this contaminated meat consumption till now. This takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks. Please see the Timeline for Reporting Cases of Salmonella Infection for more details.

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