6.9 Million Pounds of Beef Have Been Recalled
Is your beef affected? Check your meat ASAP!
Separate from the recent Cargill Beef recall of 132,000+ pounds of beef, JBS Tolleson, Inc. in Tolleson, Arizona, has just recalled millions of pounds of beef due to a potential salmonella contamination. After the original announcement on Oct. 4, the recall jumped from 6.5 million to more than 6.9 million pounds.
What products are recalled?
Unlike other beef recalls recently, this recall is happening with a wide variety of beef products. Ground beef is on the list, along with New York strip steak, prime rib, brisket, beef chuck, and much more. The full product list is so long, it’s almost daunting to sift through. These products can be found at retail locations and institutions across the nation (primarily in the Southwest), and have various packaged dates between July 26 and Sept. 7, 2018. The beef has been sold under a variety of names, including:
- 5 Star Beef
- Cedar River Farms
- La Herencia
- Four Star
- Clear River
How do I know if I have one of these products?
Although the list is too long to casually peruse, finding the contaminated beef won’t be a problem. These beef products will have the establishment number “EST. 267” which can be found inside the USDA mark of inspection. Since the beef was packaged as early as July, you should check your freezer, rather than your fridge.
How many people have been affected so far?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS), more than 50 illnesses have been reported since Sept. 6, across 16 states.
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
If you find yourself with a potentially contaminated product, FSIS advises that you either throw the product away or return it to the place you purchased it. You can also contact JBS, the company recalling their products, using their USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333.
What is salmonella?
The bacteria salmonella is the second most common cause of food poisoning in the United States. The flu-like symptoms of salmonella start to kick in between 12 to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product. Here’s everything you need to know about salmonella. If you think you or someone in your family may have salmonella, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.