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Recall: 6.5 million pounds of raw beef recalled

57 cases of illness across 16 states are being associated with raw ground beef from an Arizona company.

JBS Tolleson, Inc. of Arizona is recalling approximately 6,500,966 pounds of various raw, non-intact beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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 illness in 57 people across 16 states (which states was not included in today’s announcement).

Brands included in the recall include:

  • Showcase (sold by Walmart and other retailers)
  • JBS Generic
  • Grass Run Farms Natural
  • Gourmet Burger
  • Comnor Perfect Choice
  • Cedar River Farms Natural
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The products subject to recall have the establishment number “EST. 267” printed inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations and institutions nationwide.

The raw, non-intact beef items, including ground beef, were packaged on various dates from July 26, 2018 to Sept. 7, 2018. The following products are subject to recall (click links for PDF files): Products List | Product Labels

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

According to today’s announcement, 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.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall are asked to contact the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333.

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