Check Your Freezer: AZ Meat Processor Recalls 6.5 Million Pounds of Beef

The meat producer JBS Tolleson, based in Tolleson, Ariz., is recalling approximately 6.5 million pounds of various “raw, non-intact beef products” that may be contaminated with Salmonella, including a Walmart store brand.

The items, including ground beef, were packaged on various dates from July 26, 2018 to Sept. 7, 2018,”the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. “These items were shipped to retail locations and institutions nationwide.”

Look for the label “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Brands involved in the recall include Walmart’s store brand, Cedar River Farms, Gourmet Burger, Grass Run Farms, JBS Generic, Showcase and Showcase/Walmart.

From the FSIS:

“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 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. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

“FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

Officials have identified 57 case-patients from 16 states with illness onset dates ranging from Aug. 5 to Sept. 6, 2018.

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