There is concern that contaminated beef products may still be in the freezers of consumers.
JBS Tolleson, Inc., a Tolleson, Arizona company, has extended it’s October recall of ground beef out of concern that there are Salmonella-contaminated products in consumer’s freezers. The initial recall occurred in October 2018 but has now been expanded to include an additional 5 million pounds of contaminated beef. The beef in question was produced and packaged from July 27, 2018, through September 7, 2018. The US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) consider this a Class I recall and the health risk is designated as “High.”
The products in question have an establishment date of “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These recalled beef products were sold nationwide.
The October 4, 2018 recall,
“…identified 246 confirmed case-patients from 25 states with illness onset dates ranging from August 5, 2018 to October 16, 2018. 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.”
The products in question have an establishment date of “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These recalled beef products were sold nationwide. The list of products are quite extensive, please click on the link above to see all of the possible affected meat products.
Salmonella is a bacteria that is the most common cause of food-borne illness. The FSIS describes the effects of Salmonella:
“The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.”
Consumers should check any ground beef product in their freezers, especially if it was purchased during the initial date range of July 27, 2018, through September 7, 2018, and bears the USDA Est. number “EST. 267.” Consumers are advised to throw away the product. FSIS also reminds consumers to safely handle and prepare any raw meat products to avoid contamination.
Consumers with questions are invited visit Ask Karen, a virtual representative who can address your food safety questions.