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February 15, 2019

5.1 million more pounds of beef recalled due to salmonella risk

December 4, 2018
The USDA has recalled 12 million pounds of ground beef since October. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

The USDA is recalling another 5.1 million pounds of raw beef products, expanding a previous recall to more than 12 million pounds.

The recalled beef, produced and packaged by JBS Tolleson Inc. between July 26 and Sept. 7, has been linked to an outbreak of salmonella that has been diagnosed in 246 people in 25 states as of Nov. 15.

Fifty-nine people have been hospitalized as a result but no deaths have been reported.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service “is continuing to investigate illnesses associated with this widespread outbreak, and additional product from other companies may also be recalled,” the USDA said.

According to the Center for Disease Control, children younger than 5, adults older than 65 and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to suffer severe consequences.

Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps between 12 and 72 hours after consuming the contaminated beef.

The USDA warned any consumers to throw out the recalled beef or return it to the store.

In non-contaminated beef, the CDC advises cooking ground beef to 160°F internal temperature and washing hands and anything that came into contact with raw meat with soap and water.

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