An October raw beef recall was expanded Tuesday to include more than 12 million pounds of beef that may be contaminated with Salmonella, a federal agency announced.
JBS Tolleson Inc., a Tolleson, Ariz., establishment, is recalling the non-intact raw beef products that may be contaminated, expanding a previous recall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a news release.
The items, including ground beef, were packaged on various dates from July 26 to Sept. 7. 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.
Kansas Dillons stores and their customers are not impacted by this expanded recall, said spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie.
Tyson Foods, which has beef plants in Emporia and Holcomb, avoids such situations with a system of staff, lab and federal inspections, said Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson. Food safety and quality staff members work with the plants and regulators to monitor a plant’s effectiveness and the company’s Laboratory Services Network researches and tests the products to ensure they are safe, he said.
Often, one to more than two dozen U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors work full-time on-site at plants, depending on the operation, Mickelson said.
“We’re committed to producing safe, healthy food," he said. "Our company has programs, processes and technology in place covering all aspects of food safety, from the farm to our processing facilities and even to the consumer."
After the October recall, FSIS, and the Centers for Disease Control partnered with agricultural entities to investigate the outbreak of Salmonella Newport illnesses. More than 245 cases in patients in 26 states with illness onset dates between July and September were confirmed.
Case patients identified JBS Tolleson Inc. EST. 267 ground beef products that were not part of the Oct. 4 recall.
FSIS is concerned that some people may have the contaminated products in their freezer. Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product.
The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. The illness can be so severe that some people may need to be hospitalized, and those particularly impacted may be the elderly, infants and people with weakened immune systems.
A list of places where customers may have purchased the contaminated beef is available on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact the JBS USA consumer hotline at (800) 727-2333.