An October raw beef recall was expanded Tuesday to include more than 12 million pounds of beef that may be contaminated with Salmonella, a federal agency announced.
JBS Tolleson Inc., a Tolleson, Ariz. establishment, is recalling the non-intact raw beef products that may be contaminated, expanding a previous recall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a release.
The raw, non-intact beef items, including ground beef, were packaged on various dates from July 26, 2018 to Sept. 7, 2018. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a retail locations and institutions nationwide.
Kansas Dillons stores and their customers are not impacted by this expanded recall, according to spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie.
After the October recall, FSIS, and the Centers for Disease Control partnered with agricultural entities to investigate the outbreak of Salmonella Newport illnesses. More than 245 cases in patients in 26 states with illness onset dates between July and September were confirmed.
An additional 16 case-patients have provided receipts or shopper card numbers for the product traceback investigations. Specific traceback for three case-patients have identified JBS Tolleson, Inc., EST. 267 ground beef products that were not part of the October 4, 2018 recall. FSIS will continue to work with public health partners and provide updated information should it become available.
FSIS is concerned that some people may have the contaminated products in their freezer.
Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. The illness can be so severe that some people may need to be hospitalized, and those particularly impacted may be the elderly, infants, and people with weakened immune systems. A list of places where customers may have purchased the contaminated beef is available on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls. FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160°F. Other cuts of beef should be cooked to a temperature of 145 °F and allowed to rest for at least 3 minutes. 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. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333. Members of the media with questions regarding the recall can contact Misty Barnes, public relations specialist at JBS USA, at (970) 506-7805. Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.