As the U.S. Department of Agriculture investigated a recall on beef that was issued in October, officials soon realized some patients were falling ill from products not included in the initial recall, so they decided to expand it.
More than 12 million pounds of raw beef products distributed nationwide by the JBS Tolleson company are now under recall after a Monday news release which added 5.1 pounds to the standing recall.
Investigators say 246 people from 26 states became sick from what could be salmonella contamination from July 26 to Sept. 7, 2018. This is a significant increase from October, when officials had determined 57 people from 16 states had fallen ill.
The recalled products were packaged from 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 stores and institutions.
Federal officials remain concerned that some frozen product may still be in consumers’ freezers. The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase immediately, officials said.
The USDA is also continually telling consumers to safely prepare raw beef and make sure it is properly cooked.
Eating food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a 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 typically lasts four to seven days.
Most individuals recover without treatment. Older adults, infants and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness, however.
The recall list and labels are listed on the USDA site.
Consumers with questions about the recall are advised to call the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333.