Thursday, 18 October, 2018

JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 57; Some May Sue

Food and Health, Millions of pounds of ground beef recalled At least 6 cases of Salmonella reported in Utah due to contaminated ground beef
Nellie Chapman | 08 October, 2018, 08:12

Arizona-based meat producer JBS Tolleson Inc.is recalling 6,500,966 pounds of "various raw, non-intact beef products" due to an outbreak of salmonella, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday.

FSIS released a list of some named retail outlets that received the recalled beef products, including Save Mart Supermarkets, FoodMaxx, Lucky Stores, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie Supermarket. This is actually an announcement was made on Tuesday by the USA agriculture's foods inspection and safety department.

The USDA is anxious that some of the beef is already in consumers' freezers.

Food and Health, Millions of pounds of ground beef recalled

"Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them", the USDA statement said. Illnesses have been identified in 16 states: Arizona (15 people); Colorado (12 people); Utah (6 people); Montana (5 people); California (4 people); Nevada (2 people); OH (2 people); South Dakota (2 people); Wyoming (2 people); and 1 person each in Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Oregon. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. The Centers for Disease Control says no deaths have been reported. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $650 million for clients. Retailers carrying any recalled products would be smart to pull them off the shelf immediately and advise consumers about it through phone calls, text messages and social media outlets. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. People who have weak immune system, elderly people and babies are the most to suffer with this severe illness.

Salmonella is one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the US, but the pathogen is more often associated with poultry, eggs or produce than beef.

Illnesses might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there are 15 confirmed cases of salmonella illnesses linked to raw ground beef. Also, several ill people ate ground beef at the same events or purchased ground beef at the same grocery store chains.