Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Markets | By Jeffery Armstrong

Massive ground beef recall doubles to more than 12 million pounds

Massive ground beef recall doubles to more than 12 million pounds

JBS Tolleson, Inc., a Tolleson, Ariz. establishment, is recalling more than 12 million pounds of beef that may be contaminated with salmonella. The cases were discovered in 26 states with symptoms beginning from July 26 until September 7. This is a significant increase from October, by which time officials had determined 57 people from 16 states had fallen ill.

The company initially recalled over 6.5 million pounds of beef in October. The specific products subject to recall are stamped with "EST. 267" inside the USDA mark of inspection on the package. If you have any of these products, you're encouraged to throw them away. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. While most people recover, health officials say older adults, children and anyone with a weakened immune system could develop more severe illness.

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FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. The complete list of recalled products has hundreds of items.

Beef bought, frozen, then used clearly was involved in the later illnesses in the outbreak, on which the CDC last released figures November 15. Given that the products may have been purchased as far back as July, FSIS advised consumers to check the information on meat in their freezers. Officials are anxious consumers may overlook the recall because they've stored this beef in their freezers.

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"The only way to confirm that ground beef or other cuts of beef are cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature". Others, though, may need to be hospitalized.

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