12 million pounds of beef recalled after salmonella outbreak

Arizona food company JBS Tolleson, Inc. is recalling more than 12 million pounds of beef that might be contaminated with salmonella.

The recall is an expansion of an Oct. 4 recall of 6.5 million pounds of non-intact and ground beef packaged between July 26 and Sept.7, The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Tuesday.

The products were sold nationwide and have the stamp “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The beef is linked to nearly 246 cases of salmonella illness in 26 states since August. An additional 16 case-patients provided receipts or shopper card numbers for product traceback investigations, and at least three salmonella patients had JBS ground beef not part of the Oct.4 recall.

No deaths were reported as of Nov.15.

Eating food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a bacterial foodborne illness. Symptoms like fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps appear within 12 to 72 hours after consuming the contaminated product. The illness lasts for 4 to 7 days and usually goes away on its own, but sometimes becomes severe and requires hospitalization. Elderly people, children and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to develop severe illness.

The FSIS warning included a concern that the recalled beef products may be in people’s freezers. Products should be thrown out or returned to the place of purchase, FSIS said.

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