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Salmonella scare: 6.5 million pounds of beef recalled after dozens fall ill

October 04, 2018 - 10:34 am
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (1010 WINS) -- More than 6.5 million pounds of beef – including hundreds of beef products – have been recalled nationwide amid a suspected outbreak of salmonella.

The USDA announced the Class I recall Thursday, saying it’s likely that the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death. Officials say they’ve identified 57 people in 16 states who have reported falling ill between early August and early September.

Approximately 6,500,966 pounds of ground beef and other raw beef products produced by JBS Tolleson of Tolleson, Arizona, are affected by the recall. The products were packaged between July 26 and Sept. 7 of this year, the USDA said. 

The recalled products have the establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The items were shipped to retail locations and institutions nationwide, according to USDA.

Consumers who have bought the products are urged to not consume them and throw them away or return them to the place of purchase. The USDA urges people to check their frozen beef as well.

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 4 to 7 days, but older adults, infants and people with weakened immune systems can develop a more severe illness.

Head to the USDA's recall page for more information. A full list of the recalled beef products can be found here. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.