Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
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Million pounds of beef recalled due to salmonella outbreak

Million pounds of beef recalled due to salmonella outbreak

JBS Tolleson, recalling 6,500,966 pounds of various, non-intact raw beef products that may be contaminated with salmonella, the USDA announced on Thursday.

The affected meat will have the establishment number "EST. 267" found inside the USDA mark of inspection on the packaging label. The first store receipt potentially linking the purchase of FSIS-regulated product to a case-patient was received on 19 September; FSIS was then able to begin traceback of ground beef products.

According to the release, FSIS is concerned that consumers may have affected products stored in the freezer. According to a Harris Interactive poll, 55% of consumers said they would temporarily move to another brand after a recall, about 15% would never buy the recalled product and 21% would refuse to buy any brand made by that manufacturer. Most people recover on their own, but those who experience persistent diarrhea may need to be hospitalized. No deaths have been reported as part of this outbreak.

Salmonella has been responsible for some of the most widespread food-poisoning outbreaks in recent U.S. history.

"Yesterday, out of an abundance of caution, JBS USA initiated a voluntary recall of ground beef products from our Tolleson, Ariz., beef production facility due to the potential presence of Salmonella", JBS USA spokeswoman Misty Barnes wrote in an email. Don't eat raw or undercooked ground beef.

Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever, and can last up to a week. Thirty-one percent of patients have been hospitalized. And an outbreak in 2009 linked to a peanut factory sickened more than 500 people, eight of whom died.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you're interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation. 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.

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