Salmonella risk prompts recall of 6.5 million pounds of beef

6.5 Million Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled

An Arizona company is recalling 6.9 million pounds of various beef products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, the USDA announced Thursday.

The affected meat will have the establishment number "EST. 267" inside the USDA mark of inspection, were were shipped to retail locations and institutions nationwide.

Roughly 6.9 million pounds of raw beef are being recalled after being linked to a salmonella outbreak. Still, it wasn't until September that the Food Safety and Inspection Service was made aware of another possible salmonella outbreak. For the consumers who have purchased this product but haven't consumed it yet, they are urged to not consume it now. these products are not useable and they should be immediately thrown away or should be returned to the place from where it was purchased.

According to CNN, the USDA was first alerted to the salmonella outbreak back in September, and 57 cases of salmonellapoisoning linked to the JB Tolleson beef were reported in 16 states between August 5 and Sept. 6.

In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Salmonella has been responsible for some of the most widespread food-poisoning outbreaks in recent USA history. Ill people range in age from less than one year to 88, with a median age of 33.

If you've got any ground beef in your fridge or freezer, make sure to check the labels.

The raw ground beef was sold under numerous names, including the Showcase brand at Walmart. And an outbreak in 2009 linked to a peanut factory sickened more than 500 people, eight of whom died. Sixty-one percent are male. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. Of 45 people with information available, 14 (31%) have been hospitalized. Several patients ate ground beef at the same events or purchased ground beef from the same grocery store chains.

In May, the company recalled nearly 35,500 pounds of raw ground beef processed through its Lenoir, North Carolina, plant after a consumer found bits of blue hard plastic in the meat, which JBS had produced for grocery chain Kroger Co, according to the USDA.

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