In a continuation of a recall that has been in effect for over three months, the USDA has just included an ADDITIONAL five million pounds of ground beef.
That brings the total to 12 million pounds of a household food product that millions of people eat regularly, which causes great concern among health authorities.
“The recall was first issued in October due to salmonella concerns. At the time it was announced that the contaminated raw beef products from JBS Tolleson were being investigated after an outbreak of salmonella.
According to the CDC, “Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.
“The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.”
According to ABC's Houston affiliate, "As of November 15th, the number of cases in the current recall had grown to 246 in 25 states (59 hospitalized, no deaths).”
“The 12.1 million pounds of raw beef products including ground beef were produced between July 26 and Sept. 7 by JBS USA at its JBS Tolleson, Inc., processing plant in Tolleson, Arizona and have establishment number ‘EST. 267’ inside the USDA mark of inspection. Some brand names of the affected beef include Kroger, Gourmet Burger, JBS generic and Showcase.”
The beef was sold nationwide.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) ”is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers," the agency said in an update on its website. "These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase."
On the USDA website, there are 33 pages of individual product codes affected by this recall. You can check them here.
Please check your freezer immediately to avoid any future illness due to consuming the contaminated product.