First it was romaine lettuce due to an E.coli outbreak, and now raw beef is being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. It seems like consumers, retailers, and restaurants everywhere cannot catch a break when it comes to foodborne outbreaks.
Earlier today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a statement announcing that JBS Tolleson, Inc., an Arizona-based establishment, has recalled over 5.1 million pounds of raw beef products due to a possible salmonella outbreak. This comes after their first recall, which took place in early October of this year. In total, that is over 12 million pounds of raw beef products that JBS Tolleson, Inc. has recalled since October. The USDA states that those raw beef products, including ground beef, being recalled “bear the establishment number ‘EST. 267’ inside the USDA mark of inspection.” The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is concerned that some people may have these contaminated raw beef products in their freezers and recommend that individuals that do throw them away.
Salmonella is a common cause of food poisoning in the United States. It can be found on products such as contaminated eggs, poultry, raw fruits and vegetables. Consuming foods contaminated with salmonella can cause symptoms within 12-72 hours after consumption. These symptoms can include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, and vomiting. It is important that one drinks plenty of fluids and gets adequate rest if infected with salmonella. Illness from salmonella exposure typically lasts 4-7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
The FSIS advises that individuals practice safety when handling and cooking raw meat products. Ground meats should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit or 71.1 degrees Celsius. Other beef products should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit or 62.8 degrees Celsius and left to rest for at least 3 minutes. Proper temperature can be confirmed with a food thermometer.
For more information about the recall and to read USDA’s official statement about it, please click here.
United States Department of Agriculture: Food Safety and Inspection Service. (2018, December 4). News Release: JBS Tolleson, Inc. Recalls Raw Beef Products due to Possible Salmonella Newport Contamination. Retrieved from https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2018/recall-085-2018-EXP-release
Salmonella. FoodSafety.gov. (2018, December 4). Retrieved from https://www.foodsafety.gov/poisoning/causes/bacteriaviruses/salmonella/index.html
United States Department of Agriculture: Food Safety and Inspection Service. (2018, October 19). Safe Minimal Internal Temperature Chart. Retrieved from https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/safe-food-handling/safe-minimum-internal-temperature-chart/ct_index