WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Nearly 7 million pounds of raw beef have been recalled by JBS Tolleson, Inc. for a possible salmonella contamination.
- At least 57 people have reported getting sick after consuming the meat between the period of Aug. 5 to Sept. 6, 2018.
- Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea and fever, with the elderly, infants, and those with weakened immune systems more vulnerable.
JBS Tolleson, Inc. has recalled nearly 7 million pounds of raw beef that may be contaminated by salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Thursday. At least 57 individuals have reported getting sick after eating the meat.
The Arizona-based company supplies the raw beef products including ground beef. The meat bears packaging dates between July 26 and Sept. 7, 2018, and with “EST. 267” as the establishment number as the Department of Agriculture (USDA) mark of inspection.
The raw meat is distributed to retail establishments and sold across the country under the following labels: Showcase (usually sold at Walmart), Comnor Perfect Choice, Gourmet Burger, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Grass Run Farms Natural Beef, JBS Generic.
The entire product list is listed by the USDA here.
According to the USDA statement on its website, the 57 people who got sick reported that they consumed the meat between Aug. 5 and Sept. 6.
Salmonella-contaminated food may cause salmonellosis, one of the most common foodborne bacterial illnesses, the USDA advises. If a person got infected, symptoms of salmonellosis include abdominal cramps, diarrhea (with or without blood in stool) and fever within 12 to 72 hours after consuming the contaminated food. The infection may last from four to seven days.
Most people recover from salmonellosis without treatment, but if the diarrhea is severe, hospitalization may be needed to prevent dehydration. Most vulnerable to the disease are the elderly, infants, and people with weakened immune systems.
The FSIS is concerned that some people still have the product stored in their freezers. Consumers are strongly urged to dispose of the product and not to eat them. These products can also be returned to the place of purchase.
The government agency encouraged consumers to contact the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333 if they have any questions regarding the recall.
Source: ABC News