Grocery store customers who recently purchased beef are being asked to check their freezers due to an expanded recall.
JBA Tolleson, Inc., is recalling an additional 5 million pounds of raw beef products after also recalling millions of pounds of beef in October that may have been contaminated with salmonella, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The raw, non-intact beef items, including ground beef, were packaged on various dates from July 26 to Sept. 7.
Customers are asked to identify the establishment number on the USDA mark of inspection on the package. Products subject to recall have the establishment number “EST. 267” on the package.
The product should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
There have been 246 confirmed case-patients from 25 states with illness dates ranging from Aug. 5 to Oct. 16.
Salmonella is a bacterial foodborne illness with common symptoms being diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours of eating the contaminated product. The illness lasts from four to seven days, most people recover without treatment.
In some cases, diarrhea may be so severe the patient needs to be hospitalized and older adults, infants and those with a weakened immune system are more likely to develop a serious illness.
A list of products and their labels that may contain the contaminated product can be found of the USDA’s website at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2018/recall-085-2018-EXP-release.