CDC Identifies 16 States Affected By Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak

  • CDC Identifies 16 States Affected By Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak

CDC Identifies 16 States Affected By Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak

The recall announcement came more than a year after the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent an enforcement notice to the company's president and months after one of the company's plants in North Carolina recalled 35,000 pounds of raw ground beef.

The affected products have an establishment number of " EST. "267" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Investigators linked 57 illnesses across 16 states to JBS Tolleson, Inc. products including ground beef and beef patties. But since the company's beef products are sold under various brand names in the US, consumers may not realize they're buying JBS products.

The main concern of the FSIS is that some of the products out of these contaminated products might now be frozen in the consumer's freezers.

If possible, retailers who received recalled beef products should contact their customers to alert them of the recall. "These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase", the agency said in announcing the recall. These conditions last within four to seven days while most of the people get recovered by their own and those who can't get recover have to hospitalize. No deaths have been reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Food safety lawyer Fred Pritzker, who has represented many clients sickened after eating contaminated ground beef, said, "No one should get sick because they chose to buy ground beef from a grocery store". Sixty-one percent are male.

The raw beef was shipped nationwide to retail locations.

The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Of 45 people with information available, 14 (31%) have been hospitalized.

In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the week before they became ill. This percentage is significantly higher than results from a survey [PDF - 787 KB] of healthy people in which 40% of respondents reported eating any ground beef at home in the week before they were interviewed. Several patients ate ground beef at the same events or purchased ground beef from the same grocery store chains. In that announcement, once that issue was highlighted by JBS the common suppliers of grounded beef were found to be as a probable source of the suspected salmonella contamination in the meat.