Check Your Freezer: AZ Meat Processor Recalls 6.5 Million Pounds of Beef

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Millions of pounds of ground beef are being recalled after being sold at stores including Walmart. Shutterstock Tyler Olson

JBS Tolleson, Inc., a Tolleson, Arizona, establishment, has recalled approximately 6,912,875 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. "267" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The investigators reached the source of this outbreak with the help of the shoppers and received they have got from eight patients.

Traceback has identified JBS as the common supplier of the ground beef products. The epidemiological investigation has identified 57 case-patients from 16 states with illness onset dates ranging from 5 August to 6 September. FSIS will continue to work with public health partners and will provide updated information should it become available. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $650 million for clients.

Salmonella-contaminated food can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 hours to 72 hours and the illness usually lasts four to seven days.

So far 14 people have been hospitalized, but none have died.

Children under the age of 5, adults over the age of 65, and anyone with a weakened immune system are especially at risk of developing severe complications from Salmonella infections. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

The main concern of the FSIS is that some of the products out of these contaminated products might now be frozen in the consumer's freezers. According to a Harris Interactive poll, 55% of consumers said they would temporarily move to another brand after a recall, about 15% would never buy the recalled product and 21% would refuse to buy any brand made by that manufacturer. Return it to the store or throw it away. The full list of affected products can be found here. Retailers carrying any recalled products would be smart to pull them off the shelf immediately and advise consumers about it through phone calls, text messages and social media outlets. Ground beef should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, while other cuts of beef should be cooked an internal temperature of 145 degrees, and then allowed to rest for three minutes before eating.

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