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Salmonella concerns prompts the recall of over 12 million pounds of ground beef

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

WASHINGTON, DC — JBS Tolleson, Inc. is recalling approximately 12,093,271 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Tuesday.

FSIS said that the recalled raw beef products were packaged on various dates from July 26 to Sept. 7. Distribution of the products have been across the county.  Some brands included in the recall are Kroger, Laura Lean and JBS generic.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations and institutions nationwide, according to the FSIS report.

Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common 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 usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment. In some cases, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider, FSIS said.

FSIS said there was a concern that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. 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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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