More beef products in IL added to Salmonella recall

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

12 Million Pounds Of Beef Now Under Recall Over Salmonella Risk

An Arizona company is recalling more than 12 million pounds of raw beef products that were sold across the country - including in Texas - because of concerns of salmonella contamination.

The USDA says 57 people from 16 states have reported getting sick.

Those at most risk for severe illness include people with weakened immune systems, babies and elderly individuals.

Salmonella causes cramps, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. The illness lasts for four to seven days and usually goes away on its own, but sometimes becomes severe and requires hospitalization.

At least three patients had purchased JBS Tolleson ground beef products that were not included in the October 4 recall, according to the press release.

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The complete list of recalled products by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is 33 pages long, but only one product may have been sold in Southern Illinois. "267" within the USDA mark of inspection, the agency says.

The affected products have an establishment number of "EST". The affected products include Kroger, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Comnor Perfect Choice, Grass Run Farms Natural Beef, Showcase, Showcase/Walmart, Gourmet Burger, and JBS Generic. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers.

The USDA said salmonella is prevalent in raw poultry and meat and is reminding people to properly cook and handle meat. Other cuts of beef should be cooked to a temperature of 145 °F and allowed to rest for at least 3 minutes. In addition, "only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160°F".

The majority of the outbreak occurred in August and September and then tapered off in October, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said.

Anyone with questions about this recall can call JBS at 800-727-2333.

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