Nationwide Recall on Beef Products
5.1 Million Pounds of Beef Products Recalled
5.1 million pounds of raw beef products distributed throughout the US could be contaminated with salmonella. This news comes directly from the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Therefore, JBS Tolleson Inc. is putting a recall on the products.
The beef that is being recalled was all produced and packaged between the end of July and the beginning of September. Some of the brands include: JBS generic, Cedar River Farms, Kroger, and Grass Run Farms. Back in October, there was a recall issued for the same reason. This recall is an extension of the previous one.
Luckily, no deaths were reported due to the salmonella. However, there were over 50 hospitalizations. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of November 15, it affected just under 250 people. The instances occurred across 25 different states.
Signs and Symptoms of Salmonella
Within 12 to 72 hours of consuming salmonella-contaminated food, symptoms usually begin. The symptoms can include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever that could last up to a week. Most people who get salmonella end up recovering on their own. But, persistent symptoms could lead to hospitalization.
The recall notice stated: “FSIS is continuing to investigate illnesses associated with this widespread outbreak, and additional product from other companies may also be recalled.”
The Food Safety and Inspection Service is concerned. They stated that people may have the beef stored at home unknowingly. They are urging consumers to throw out or return any of this recalled beef.
Americans should remember to take caution with all their beef products. This is important even without the threat of salmonella. The USDA reminds consumers to “only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160°F. Other cuts of beef should be cooked to a temperature of 145°F and allowed to rest for at least 3 minutes.” Consuming raw or under cooked meats can also lead to sickness.