PSA: 5 Million Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled for Salmonella

A new announcement extends an existing recall to a total of over 12 million pounds.

By Ethan L. Johns
December 05, 2018

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Over 5 million pounds of ground beef were recalled on Tuesday after an Arizona meat processing plant identified more product potentially contaminated with salmonella.

The 5,156,076-pound recall by JBS Tolleson comes as an addition to a previous recall of over 6.9 million pounds, which was announced in October. This brings the recall total of ground beef to 12,093,271 pounds.

So far there have been 246 confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning in 25 states that have resulted from the beef.

Federal authorities are concerned that the contaminated beef may be hanging out in consumers’ freezers, and urges everyone to check their ground beef to ensure that it is not subject to the recall. 

To be safe, you should heat all ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, which can be gauged using an instant-read thermometer.

Affected product has a Use By Date ranging from July 26th until September 7th, and feature a USDA inspection mark that reads “EST. 267.”

According to the recall sheet, the majority of the beef was sold to the Kroger supermarket chain.

A full list of recalled product can be found here.

Consuming salmonella-tainted food can cause illness, which typically manifests itself 12 to 72 hours after it is consumed. Anyone displaying symptoms that include diarrhea, fever and/or abdominal cramps should see a doctor. Salmonella infections can last from four to seven days.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns