Salmonella Is Sweeping Beef Off The Shelves
By: Brianna Wigfall
More than 5.1 million pounds of raw beef products were recalled by JBS Tolleson Inc. due to salmonella contamination. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the shelf sweep Tuesday on beef that was produced and packaged between July 26 and September 7. Many consumers have become sick due to the beef products nationwide including the brand Kroger, Cedar River Farms, Grass Run Farms and JBS generic.
The recall is an expansion of the recall in October when over 6.5 million pounds of beef was contaminated with salmonella. That recall was sold nationwide as well in retailers such as Walmart, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Showcase, and JBS Generic.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the salmonella outbreak has caused 246 people to become ill in 25 states. Fifty-six people were hospitalized, no deaths have been reported as of November 15.
“FSIS is continuing to investigate illnesses associated with this widespread outbreak, and additional product from other companies may also be recalled,” the notice said.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service say they are concerned that people may have contaminated beef in their freezer. They urge consumers to throw the beef away or return it to the store.
“Only consume ground beef that has been cooked to the temperature of 160F. Other cuts of beef should be cooked to a temperature of 145F and allowed to rest for at least 3 minutes,” the USDA said. “The only way to confirm that ground beef or other cuts of beef are cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures the internal temperature.”
If you’re worried about the beef you’ve previously consumed, signs usually begin within 12 to 72 hours after consumption. Symptoms can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever that last four to seven days. Symptoms may go away over time, but some who experience consistent diarrhea may need to seek medical attention.
Source: CNN, 123rf
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