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Over 6.5 million pounds of beef recalled nationwide due to salmonella concerns

FILE - Ground Beef. (MGN ONLINE)

WASHINGTON (WSYX/WTTE) — Over 6.5 million pounds of beef products were recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.

Thursday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) says JBS Tolleson, Inc. has recalled approximately 6,500,966 pounds of various raw, non-intact beef products that may be contaminated with salmonella newport.

The raw, non-intact beef items, including ground beef, was packaged between July 26, 2018 and September 7, 2018.

The USDA says the products recalled bear establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Products were sold at stores nationwide.

Investigation has identified 57 people infected from 16 states, with illness onset dates ranging from August 5 to September 6, 2018

Eight case-patients have provided receipts or shopper card numbers, which have enabled product traceback investigations, per the USDA.

Health experts say consumption of food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. Most people recover without treatment after four to seven days, but hospitalization could happen to those with weakened immune systems.

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160°F.

More details about the recall can be found online here. Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov.

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