On Thursday, October 4th, 2018, more than 6.9 million pounds (6,912,875- to be exact) of ground beef were recalled for a salmonella outbreak.
CNN reports that the Arizona-based meat producer, JBS Tolleson, Inc, is responsible for announcing the nation-wide recall.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the products being recalled are the “raw, non-intact beef items, including ground beef, were packaged on various dates from July 26, 2018, to Sept. 7, 2018.”
Affected products were shipped nationwide and are currently being sold in grocery stores around the world.
This is a developing beef recall as these specific product units were originally recalled on September 5, 2018, after FSIS was notified Salmonella cases.
Immediately, news outlets broke the beef recall, however, it wasn’t until September 19th that any store receipts linking the affected product were acknowledged.
Since the first acknowledgment, at least eight case-patients have “provided receipts or shopper card numbers, which have enabled product traceback investigations.” On the contrary, more than 57 case-patients from 16 states without receipts have experienced salmonella. Many of the 57 case-patients were admitted between August 5th and September 6th.
According to the USDA, “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.”
While patients can recover without medical attention, salmonella can be fatal to elderly consumers, infants, and individuals with weak immune symptoms.
If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your doctor. If you have purchased beef in the last several months and kept it frozen, please check the product to ensure you and your loved ones’ safety.
The USDA encourages those with questions to contact the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333. Members of the media with questions regarding the recall can contact Misty Barnes, Public Relations Specialist at JBS USA, at (970) 506-7805.