Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

5.1M pounds of beef added to recall due to salmonella

5.1M pounds of beef added to recall due to salmonella

JBS Tolleson, Inc., has expanded a previous food recall to include over 5.1 million more pounds of raw beef that may be tainted with the potentially deadly bacteria.

JBS Tolleson in Arizona already recalled about 7 million pounds (3 million kilograms) of beef in October.

An investigation conducted by FSIS, the Centers for Disease Control and state public health and agriculture partners identified 246 confirmed case-patients from 26 states with illness onset dates ranging from July 26 to September 7.

An initial recall that was issued on October 4 was expanded this week to include 5 million more pounds of raw beef products.

"FSIS is continuing to investigate illnesses associated with this widespread outbreak, and additional product from other companies may be recalled", the agency said in a statement. A full list of the brands and how to identify potentially contaminated ground beef can be found on the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service's website. The USDA says any of those products still in people's freezers should be thrown away.

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Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses, the USDA said.

Consumers should discard or return any recalled beef.

The products were packaged from late July to September.

On Nov. 15, the CDC reported 254 people across 25 states had been confirmed with the outbreak strain of Salmonella. People who consume it can be left with diarrhea, fever, and cramps. Others, though, may need to be hospitalized.

Older adults, children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop a severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.

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