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JBS Tolleson Inc. has issued a nationwide recall of almost 7 million pounds of raw, non-intact beef products due to possible Salmonella Newport contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The Class I recall — a health-hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or even death — was issued Oct. 4.
JBS Tolleson, based in Tolleson, Ariz., issued the recall for about 6,912,875 pounds of various raw, non-intact beef products. The items, including ground beef, were packaged on various dates from July 26, 2018, to Sept. 7, 2018.
To see the products subject to the recall, visit https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/a772fd78-7d73-40eb-9e47-049eb7050883/085-2018-Labels.pdf?MOD=AJPERES. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations and institutions nationwide.
On Sept. 5, 2018, FSIS was notified of an investigation of Salmonella Newport illnesses with reported consumption of several different FSIS-regulated products. … FSIS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state public health and agriculture partners have determined that raw ground beef was the probable source of the reported illnesses.
The investigation has identified 57 patients from 16 states with illness-onset dates ranging from Aug. 5 to Sept. 6, 2018. FSIS will continue to work with public health partners and will provide updated information should it become available.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food-borne illnesses. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts four to seven 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 eat them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
For more information on food recalls, visit www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact the JBS Tolleson USA Consumer Hotline at 800-727-2333.
The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline (888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
The USDA’s Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.