Check your refrigerators and freezers, folks, because a whopping 6.5 million pounds of beef have been recalled due to a possible salmonella outbreak, according to the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The potentially contaminated items, which have been described as "various raw, non-intact beef products" (yes, that includes ground beef), were supplied by Arizona-based meat producer JBS Tolleson.
The products in question were packaged between July 26 and Sept. 7 of this year and shipped nationwide, bearing the establishment number "EST. 267" inside the USDA mark of inspection label. They were sold under the following brand names: Cedar River Farms Natural, Comnor Perfect Choice, Gourmet Burger, Grass Run Farms Natural, JBS Generic, Showcase, and Showcase/Walmart. A comprehensive list of the recalled items, including their product codes, case codes, and distribution areas, can be found on the FSIS website.
Between Aug. 5 and Sept. 6, there were 57 cases of salmonella illness across 16 states linked to the outbreak. The bacterial illness typically causes symptoms like diarrhea, chills, abdominal pain, and fever anywhere from 12 to 72 hours after the food in question was consumed. These symptoms can last between four and seven days.
"FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers," the agency said while officially announcing the recall. "Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase."