More Than 6.5 Million Pounds of Raw Beef Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Just last week Cargill Meat Solutions recalled more than 25,000 pounds of raw ground beef due to E. coli fears. But check your freezer again—because now, Arizona-based company JBS Tolleson, Inc. is recalling 3,250 tons (6,500,966 pounds) of raw beef products that may have been contaminated with salmonella.

According to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), there have been 57 cases of salmonella infection in 16 states associated with the JBS beef.

The investigation, which began on September 5, linked receipts and shopper card numbers of eight people who later became sick back to the purchase of these particular products, the FSIS said in a press release.

"FSIS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state public health and agriculture partners have now determined that raw ground beef was the probable source of the reported illnesses," according to the press release, which also noted that the illnesses occurred between August 5 and September 6. "Traceback has identified JBS as the common supplier of the ground beef products."

The products, which were packaged between July 26 and September 7, 2018 and shipped to stores around the country, include several kinds of ground beef. Per the FSIS, look for "EST. 267" inside the USDA mark of inspection to determine whether your product is subject to recall. You can see the full list here.

Salmonella is an extremely common bacterial infection that can cause nasty symptoms, but it's typically brief and non-life-threatening, as SELF previously reported.

Symptoms usually begin between 12 and 72 hours after you eat something contaminated. Those symptoms may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever

Luckily, most healthy adults will recover after four to seven days of feeling crappy without doing more than staying hydrated and getting rest at home.

Some people, however, including young children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and those with weakened immune systems, are at a greater risk for developing complications that require medical attention. Treatment usually includes antibiotics, anti-diarrheal medication, or IV fluids for dehydration.

If your symptoms persist or get worse—that may mean you're having difficulty staying hydrated, see blood in your stool, or aren't feeling better after a few days—then you should check in with your doctor.

The FSIS advises anyone who has purchased these products to either throw them out or return them to the store where they bought them.

The concern is that these products may be stored away in people's freezers—so make sure to check. And, as a reminder, the FSIS advises everyone to cook their ground beef products to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit in order to kill any potentially harmful bacteria like salmonella. (All other cuts must reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit and be allowed to rest for three minutes after cooking.)

So, you don't have to go totally without your burgers, but you do need to practice basic meat safety rules before chowing down.


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