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Ground Beef Recall Expanded: Millions Of Pounds Of Tainted Meat Sold At Kroger

December 04, 2018 - 11:42 am
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DETROIT (WWJ) - More beef is being recalled because it may be contaminated with salmonella.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Arizona-based JBS Tolleson is now recalling a total of more than 12 million pounds of raw beef that was shipped around the country.

The company in October recalled 6.9 million pounds of ground beef products that were shipped to several retailers nationwide, including Walmart. This recall expansion includes an additional 5.1 million pounds of ground beef products sold at Kroger stores in several states, including Michigan. 

The following products are affected: [Full Product List HERE | See Product Labels HERE (.pdf format)]

The recalled product in Michigan includes a 3 lb. chub (tube-like packaging) of 80/20 ground beef, with product code 47447 and a use by/sell by date of 9/13/2018.

Following the initial recall, authorities continued to investigate the outbreak of salmonella illnesses. The investigation identified 246 confirmed cases of illness from 26 states, with illness onset dates ranging from July 26 to September 7. Sixteen of those who were sickened provided receipts or shopper card numbers for product traceback investigations, which identified additional JBS Tolleson ground beef products that were not part of the recall in October.

No illnesses connected to the recall have been reported in Michigan. 

Officials are concerned that some recalled products may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

The products were packaged on various dates from July 26, 2018 to Sept. 7, 2018, and bear establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

Those with questions about the recall can contact the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at 800-727-2333.