Beware: 6.5 million pounds of ground beef recalled

An Arizona meat company is recalling ground beef that was sold around the nation after 57 people in 16 states got sick after eating it.

JBS Tolleson has recalled 6.5 million pounds of ground beef due to concerns about salmonella contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday. Consumers should look for packages that were purchased from July 26, 2018 to Sept. 7, 2018 and have the establishment number “EST. 267” near the USDA mark of inspection.

Ground Alberta beef in seen in coolers at Bon Ton Meat Market in Calgary, Alberta in this October 3, 2012 file photo. (REUTERS/Todd Korol)

Note that JBS meats are sold under many names, including Walmart’s Showcase brand. Other brand names include Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Gourmet Burger, and Grass Run Farms Natural Beef. The complete list of recalled products contains hundreds of items.

Consumers should also check their freezers for anything stashed away. If you find one, the package should be returned or discarded.

Fourteen patients from this outbreak have been hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No deaths have been reported.

The recall was issued after health officials identified JBS as the common supplier of raw ground beef products found to be the “probable source” of reported salmonella illnesses, as CNN reported.

Eating food that has been contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses, as the USDA cites. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days and most people recover without treatment. However, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. As is often the case, the elderly, the young and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.

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This is not the first beef recall this year, as Forbes reports. Cargill has twice recalled meats, in August and September. Kroger issued a warning in May when there was the threat of plastic contamination.

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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