JBS Tolleson, Inc.

Beef Recall Expands, 12 Million Pounds Of Meat Affected

December 04, 2018 - 9:25 am

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday an expansion in a recall on beef after some patients fell ill from products not included in the initial recall.

JBS Tolleson, Inc., a Tolleson, Ariz. establishment, is recalling approximately 12,093,271 pounds of non-intact raw beef products that may be contaminated with salmonella - an additional 5.1 million pounds added to the standing recall.

The investigation confirms 246 people from 26 states became ill from what may be salmonella contamination between July 26 to Sept. 7, 2018 - a significant increase from October, when officials determined 57 people from 16 states had fallen ill.

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

The raw, non-intact beef items, including ground beef, were packaged between July 26 to Sept. 7, 2018, and bear the establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped nationwide to retail locations and institutions.

Federal officials are concerned that some frozen product may be in consumers' freezers. The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase, officials said. They also remind consumers to safely prepare raw beef and make sure it is properly cooked.

Consuming salmonella-contaiminated food 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 four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.

People concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

The recall list and labels are available on the USDA website.

Consumers with questions about the recall should call the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333.