Ground beef recall increased to 12 million pounds

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service has increased the amount of ground beef recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination. 

JBS Tolleson, Inc. is now recalling about 12,093,271 pounds of non-intact raw beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella. 

This is an increase from the more than six million pounds that were recalled in October. 

Investigators had identified 246 confirmed case-patients from 26 states with the illness from July 26 to September 7, 2018. Since then, 16 additional case-patients provided receipts or shopper card numbers to aid in the investigation. They found that 267 ground beef products were not included in the original recall. 

The Food Safety and Inspection Service said that they are worried some products may be frozen in peoples’ freezer and ask them to not eat them. Instead, the products should be thrown away or returned from where they were bought. 

Below is the list of labels of contaminated products:

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333. 

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can be found below:

  • Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.

  • The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

  • In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.

  • Children younger than 5 years, adults older than 65 years, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

  • Anyone concerned about an illness should contact their healthcare provider.

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