An already massive beef recall has been expanded. In October, JBS Tolleson, Inc. recalled 7 million pounds of raw beef that may have been tainted with salmonella.
Now, they are recalling an additional 5.1 million pounds of raw beef. The United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall on Tuesday, according to CNN.
The recalled beef was produced and packaged between July 26 and September 7 according to FSIS. The products have been distributed nationwide and include the brands Kroger, Cedar River Farms, Grass Run Farms, and JBS generic among others.
The total amount of "non-intact raw beef products" that have been recalled now totals more than 12 million pounds. The beef was recalled after it caused at least 246 people to get sick in 25 states.
No deaths have been reported. However, 56 people have had to be hospitalized from eating the tainted meat.
"FSIS is continuing to investigate illnesses associated with this widespread outbreak, and additional product from other companies may also be recalled," the recall notice said.
Consumers should discard or return any recalled beef. There is concern that people have the tainted beef in their freezers.
The USDA also advised people to "only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160°F. Other cuts of beef should be cooked to a temperature of 145°F and allowed to rest for at least 3 minutes," USDA said.
Symptoms of salmonella usually begin within 12 to 72 hours of consuming contaminated food. These can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever that last between four and seven days. Most people recover on their own, but those who experience persistent diarrhea may need to be hospitalized.