Pearland TX

Massive ground beef recall

First romaine lettuce, and now meat products?

On Tuesday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall of about 12,093,271 pounds of nonintact raw beef products from JPS Tolleson Inc. The recall was issued after the products were found to possibly be contaminated with salmonella.

Among the products recalled were ground beef, boneless beef sirloin trimmings, chuck beef, brisket and several types of burgers. Every product subject to recall will be marked with the establishment number “EST.267” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

As of October, an investigation identified 246 confirmed cases of people becoming sick from salmonella. The cases were discovered in 26 states with symptoms beginning from July 26 until September 7.

Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Food is predominantly responsible for spreading the bacteria and a person usually becomes sick within 72 hours after infection.

 

Symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. People who fear they might have been exposed are asked to seek emergency medical care immediately.

The CDC advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products (frozen and fresh) by cooking them at a 165 Fahrenheit.

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