WASHINGTON (KKTV) - More than 12 million pounds of beef is now under recall as Arizona meat packing plant JBS Tolleson, Inc. announced it was expanding a recall implemented in October.
The Oct. 4 recall pulled more 6.5 million pounds of raw beef in response to a salmonella outbreak in 16 states linked to the meat. The expansion added another 5.1 million pounds.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a statement Tuesday that all the affected products, which includes ground beef, were packaged on various dates between July 26 and Sept. 7 of this year. A full list of products can be found here and a full list of product labels, here. Customers are urged to throw these products away or return them to the place of purchase.
Since the Oct. 4 recall was announced, epidemiologists have found 246 confirmed cases of salmonella in 26 states, with illness onset between July 26-Sept. 7. The recall was expanded because of concerns that people may still have the product in their freezers.
Salmonella causes cramps, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. People can usually recover in four to seven days on their own, but sometimes symptoms can be severe enough to require hospitalization.