Warning! Salmonella outbreak! Check the meat in your freezer!

October 5th, 2018 Product Recalls,Product Safety

Before you cook the last barbecued hamburger of the summer, check the packaging!

According to CNN some 6,500,968 pounds of ground beef is being recalled by Arizona-based meat producer JBS Tolleson, Inc. for fear that the meat may be contaminated with salmonella.

57 cases of salmonella illness were reported between August 5 and September 6. The meat was packaged between July 26 and September 7 and was sold nationwide under brand names Walmart, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Showcase, Showcase/Walmart and JBS Generic. The USDA inspection mark on the packaging of the recalled products contains the establishment number “EST. 267.”

Many of us put ground meat in the freezers, so check your freezers and refrigerators!  According to the article, the products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

As a reminder, the USDA recommends cooking all ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, “The only way to confirm that ground beef or other cuts of beef are cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature.”

If you feel you have eaten contaminated meat, go to the hospital immediately.

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