6.5 million pounds of beef recalled by JBS Tolleson Inc. linked to salmonella Contamination

Ready to cook a beef dish today? Think again. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said that 6,500,966 pounds of beef was recalled due to a possible Salmonella contamination.

So far, at least 57 people in 16 states reported Salmonella poisoning. The USDA said that the contaminated beef was packaged between July 26 and September 7 and they have an establishment number “EST. 267” in the mark of inspection.

The FSIS traced the source of beef products following the first case of sickness from a patient September 19, 2018. Along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state public health and agriculture partners, FSIS determined the contamination was due to raw ground beef.

The investigation identified JBS Tolleson Inc. as the ground beef supplier. FSIS concern is that the product may be in consumers’ freezers. The ground beef products were sold under numerous brand names. Some major names include Kroger, Cedar River Farms and Walmart.

Common symptoms of Salmonella poisoning according to the USDA includes “diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 8 to 72 hours after the contaminated food was eaten.” Other symptoms may include chills, headache, nausea and vomiting. Salmonella symptoms usually disappear around 4 to 7 days.

Those at higher risk of Salmonella poisoning are children under the age of 5 and people with weakened immune systems (pregnant women and unborn babies, HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, transplant patients and older adults).