The United States Department of Agriculture has expanded its recall on ground beef amid concerns of a salmonella contamination.
"The scope of this recall expansion now includes an additional 5,156,076 pounds of raw beef products, which were produced and packed from July 26, 2018, to September 7, 2018. 267" inside the USDA mark of inspection and were packaged from July 26 to September 7, 2018. No deaths have been reported, according to the latest data on November 15. 267 ground beef products that were not part of the October 4 recall, according to FSIS. 267 ground beef products that were not part of the October 4, 2018 recall.
Almost 250 people in 26 states have fallen ill, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says. Specific traceback for three case-patients have identified JBS Tolleson, Inc., EST. They include brands such as Kroger, Cedar Farms and Showcase.
The CDC warns the recall has not been finalized and customers should still watch out for symptoms of infection, and get rid of any beef with that number on it.
Federal officials are concerned that some frozen product may be in consumers' freezers.
In general the USDA and their public health partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health officials, said no one should be eating partially cooked or raw meat and that salmonella is prevalent and can be present in raw poultry or meat.
Consumers with affected products should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase. Elderly people, children and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to develop severe illness.
The USDA also reminded consumers to cook all ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. The illness can stretch from four to seven days.