5 million pounds of beef recalled

Lloyd Doyle
October 8, 2018

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 products subject to recall bear establishment number "EST".

JBS Tolleson Inc, part of JBS USA, the US arm of the world's largest meatpacking company, was voluntarily pulling ground beef and other raw beef products that had been shipped to stores across the country, the USDA said.

"Salmonella can cause serious illness, so it is critical that everyone take precautions by not eating the recalled meat and thoroughly cooking all beef products", said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell recalled beef products and should check food storage and freezers for them.

FSIS said investigators were able to link the beef products to outbreak patients with store receipts. "These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase".

The USDA says 57 people from 16 states have reported getting sick. Total number of 14 patients has been hospitalized due to this contaminated meat consumption and this ratio has been reported by the U.S. center for disease prevention and control.

Food safety lawyer Fred Pritzker, who has represented many clients sickened after eating contaminated ground beef, said, "No one should get sick because they made a decision to buy ground beef from a grocery store". Ill people range in age from less than one year to 88, with a median age of 33.

The USDA also reminded consumers to cook all ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

The raw beef was shipped nationwide to retail locations. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning like vomiting and diarrhea usually arise within 12 to 72 hours of exposure. And an outbreak in 2009 linked to a peanut factory sickened more than 500 people, eight of whom died. Of 45 people with information available, 14 (31%) have been hospitalized. There are no deaths reported due to this contaminated meat consumption till now. Please see the Timeline for Reporting Cases of Salmonella Infection for more details. Several patients ate ground beef at the same events or purchased ground beef from the same grocery store chains.

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