Raw Beef Recall Expanded to 12 Million Pounds

JBS Tolleson, Inc., is recalling an additional 5,156,076 pounds of raw beef products, including ground beef, that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Approximately 12,093,271 pounds of non-intact raw beef products, which were produced and packed from July 26, 2018 to Sept. 7, has been recalled since the initial announcement on October 4th, 2018, according to a press release.

FSIS is concerned that some raw beef product from the Arizona company may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. People who have purchased these products are urged not to eat them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Public health agencies and agriculture partners continued to investigate the outbreak of Salmonella Newport illnesses.

The epidemiological investigation has identified 246 confirmed case-patients from 26 states with illness onset dates ranging from July 26 to September 7, 2018. An additional 16 case-patients have provided receipts or shopper card numbers for the raw beef product traceback investigations.

Specific traceback for three case-patients have identified JBS Tolleson, Inc., EST. 267 ground beef products that were not part of the October 4, 2018 recall.

The raw beef products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a retail locations and institutions nationwide.

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FSIS will continue to work with public health partners and provide updated information should it become available.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated raw beef product.

The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.

The complete list of raw beef products recalled can be found in the FSIS web page.