Company recalls 6.5M pounds of beef due to possible salmonella contamination

Mae Love
October 8, 2018

JBS Tolleson, Inc., a Tolleson, Arizona, establishment, has recalled approximately 6,912,875 pounds of various raw, non-intact beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The beef was packaged between July 26 and September 7. These items were shipped to retail locations and institutions nationwide.

According to the press release, the FSIS advises all consumers to make sure to handle fresh and frozen raw meat products safely. Traceback then identified JBS Tolleson as the common supplier of the ground beef products, the agency said.

The beef products were sold under numerous brands, including Cedar River Farms, Comnor Perfect Choice, Gourmet Burger, Grass Run Farms, and Showcase, which is sold at Walmart.

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Children under the age of 5, adults over the age of 65, and anyone with a weakened immune system are especially at risk of developing severe complications from Salmonella infections. Last year's salmonella outbreak involving papayas imported from Mexico sickened 46 people in 12 states and killed one of them. 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.

It is also the second major meat recall in recent weeks by a top US beef processor. For the consumers who have purchased this product but haven't consumed it yet, they are urged to not consume it now. these products are not useable and they should be immediately thrown away or should be returned to the place from where it was purchased. Each case is thought to be associated with the JBS Tolleson contamination. The corporate parent presumably has the resources to handle this sort of recall, although legal expenses, lost sales and damaged credibility could come with a hefty price tag.

Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell recalled beef products and should check food storage and freezers for them. Still, it wasn't until September that the Food Safety and Inspection Service was made aware of another possible salmonella outbreak.

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