Salmonella risk prompts recall of 6.5 million pounds of beef

Ground beef

Ground beef

JBS Tolleson, Inc., in Arizona is recalling almost 7 million pounds of raw beef products because they may be contaminated with salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced this week. They have an establishment number "EST". The agency posted a 33-page list of the recalled items, which were shipped to retail locations and institutions across the country.

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections. Return it to the store or throw it away in a secure garbage can.

Fifty-seven cases of salmonella illness linked to this outbreak were reported in 16 states between August 5 and September 6. However, older people and infants with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe illness and some severe cases may require hospitalization. No deaths have been reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. DNA fingerprinting is performed on Salmonella bacteria isolated from ill people by using techniques called pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and whole genome sequencing (WGS). Transparency in sourcing, products and processing is increasingly important, but so is handling recalls and other hard situations with a straightforward approach. It advises consumers to check the labels and discard any affected items. Don't eat raw or undercooked ground beef.

Salmonella is one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the USA, but the pathogen is more often associated with poultry, eggs or produce than beef.

Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever, and can last up to a week.

The parents of a young Tennessee girl are suing Cargill Meat Solutions, alleging their daughter was hospitalized and developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) after eating the contaminated ground beef purchased from a Publix supermarket, according to a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court in Minnesota. In that announcement, once that issue was highlighted by JBS the common suppliers of grounded beef were found to be as a probable source of the suspected salmonella contamination in the meat.

"Cargill and our employees are distressed that someone may have become sick from ground beef we produced", the company said in an email statement.

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