If you eat beef, then you should probably check your freezer for some very dangerous ground beef. A meat producer that is distributed nationwide is recalling millions of contaminated meat.
The recall was announced on October 4, reported CNN. The FDA announced that there was a recall of meat from Arizona-based meat producer JBS Tolleson, Inc. They are recalling 6,500,966 pounds of "various raw, non-intact beef products" due to an outbreak of salmonella.
The recall comes after health officials identified JBS as the common supplier of raw ground beef products found to be the "probable source" of reported salmonella illnesses.
Fifty-seven cases of salmonella illness linked to this outbreak were reported in 16 US states between August 5 and September 6. Officials were first notified of the possible outbreak in September.
Symptoms of salmonella usually begin 12 to 72 hours after 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. People with weakened immune systems, babies, and elderly individuals are most at risk.
The recalled products were packaged between July 26 and September 7. They were sold nationwide under brand names Walmart, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Showcase, Showcase/Walmart, and JBS Generic.
The USDA inspection mark on the packaging of the recalled products contains the establishment number "EST. 267."
"FSIS is concerned that some product 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 agency said in announcing the recall.
The USDA also reminded consumers to cook all ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
"The only way to confirm that ground beef or other cuts of beef are cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures the internal temperature."