The last few months of 2018 have not played out well for the beef industry. The U.S. government expanded a recall of ground beef Tuesday as an outbreak of salmonella has quadrupled to 246 people in 25 states since the first recall was announced back in October.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the Arizona-based JBS Tolleson, Inc. was recalling an additional 5,156,076 pounds of raw beef that were packaged between July 26 and Sept. 7.
If including the 6,937,195 pounds originally recalled on Oct. 4, the total amount of recalled products comes out to more than 12 million pounds of recalled beef.
“FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” the agency warned in the recall announcement.
The recalled beef has the label “EST. 267” inside its USDA mark of inspection and was sent to stores across the country including Walmarts in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico Nevada and Texas and Sam’s Clubs in 26 states.
Some products were also packaged with the brand names Kroger, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef and Gourmet Burger.
By: Maytinee Kramer