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5.1M lbs. of beef added to recall due to salmonella

05 December 2018, 12:31 | Kelvin Horton

12 Million Pounds Of Beef Now Under Recall Over Salmonella Risk

USDA expands ground beef recall, says 12 million pounds pose salmonella risk

A nationwide beef distributor based in Arizona is recalling more than 12 million pounds of beef that may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

At least three patients had purchased JBS Tolleson ground beef products that were not included in the October 4 recall, according to the press release.

The recall has been linked to illness in 246 people in 26 states, KSDK reported.

267 ground beef products that were not part of the October 4, 2018 recall. The products have establishment number "EST. 267" stamped inside the USDA mark of inspection. Products should be thrown out or returned to the place of purchase, FSIS said.

Most people recover from salmonella infections without treatment, health officials say.

Consumers should discard or return any recalled beef.

"FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen", and to consume ground beef only if it has been cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, the FSIS said in a statement. The complete list of recalled products has hundreds of items.

Beef bought, frozen, then used clearly was involved in the later illnesses in the outbreak, on which the CDC last released figures November 15. Officials are anxious consumers may overlook the recall because they've stored this beef in their freezers.

Symptoms of salmonella usually begin within 12 to 72 hours of consuming contaminated food. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients need to be hospitalized.

While most individuals who contract salmonella recover without treatment, the bacteria is particularly risky in children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

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