5.1 million lbs. of beef added to salmonella recall

USDA expands ground beef recall, says 12 million pounds pose salmonella risk

USDA expands ground beef recall, says 12 million pounds pose salmonella risk

More than 12 million pounds of ground beef are being recalled due to concerns of salmonella contamination.

The beef was sold at stores nationwide.

As of Tuesday, 246 sicknesses in 26 states had been linked to the salmonella outbreak. In 1985, more than 6,000 people were sickened and nine people died in a salmonella outbreak tied to tainted milk.

Salmonella can cause symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours. The illness could last up to seven days.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a statement Tuesday that all the affected products, which includes ground beef, were packaged on various dates between July 26 and September 7 of this year. An additional 16 case patients provided receipts or shopper card numbers for product traceback investigations, and at least three salmonella patients had JBS ground beef not part of the October 4 recall. "267" stamped inside the USDA mark of inspection. Consumers are urged to look for packages that have the company's identification number "EST". If you have any of these products, you're encouraged to throw them away.

Federal officials are concerned that some frozen product may be in consumers' freezers. 267 ground beef products that were not part of the October 4, 2018 recall. The FSIS has also provided images of the product labels. When available, the retail distribution list (s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls. Other cuts of beef should be cooked to a temperature of 145 °F and allowed to rest for at least 3 minutes. People experiencing severe diarrhea may need to be hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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

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