Latest News: Nearly 7 Million Pounds of Raw Beef Recalled Due to Salmonella Outbreak
On Thursday, October 4th, 2018, JBS Tolleson, Inc, an Arizona-based meat producer, recalled nearly 7 million pounds of raw beef products, including ground beef, after health officials linked their products to a salmonella outbreak. Fifty-seven cases of salmonella illness from 16 different states have been reported.
The recall has been classified as a Class I recall, meaning there is a “reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” This means that if you’ve purchased any of the contaminated products, you should throw them away immediately and not consume them.
What Products are Recalled?
The recalled beef products were produced and packaged from July 26th - September 7, 2018. The recalled products are labeled with the establishment number “EST. 267” include the USDA mark of inspection. The products were shipped nationwide to be sold at various grocery stores.
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella is a bacteria that causes intestinal illness. If you experience the following symptoms, seek medical attention for possible salmonella infection:
Diarrhea, Fever & Abdominal Cramps
Symptoms Beginning 12 to 72 Hours After Suspected Ingestion
Symptoms Lasting Four to Seven Days
What Can I Do?
To protect yourself, you’re urged to throw out any ground beef or raw beef products you have in your home that bear the establishment number “EST. 267.” You should contact the store where you purchased these items to report it.
If you own a restaurant or store that sells raw beef products, you should check to make sure that you aren’t serving or selling the contaminated meat. You should also contact your customers to alert them to the recall.
For More Information
For more information on this recall, click here or contact JBS USA Consumer Hotline at 800-727-2333.