(12/4/2018) - A ground beef recall issued in October has grown to include an additional 5 million pounds that may include salmonella.
JBS Tolleson of Arizona issued the recall on Oct. 4 after 246 people got sick in 26 states, according to the USDA. All of the affected beef was packaged from July 26 to Sept. 7.
The recall now includes more than 12 million pounds of ground beef, much of which was sold at Kroger stores in Arizona and California. Only three-pound packages will a sell by date of Sept. 13 were sold at Kroger stores in Michigan.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Anyone with the affected ground beef in their freezer should discard it or return it to the store for a full refund.
Eating food contaminated with salmonella can lead to diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Most people recover without treatment in less than a week, but some may require hospitalization for dehydration.
The best way to avoid salmonella poisoning is cooking raw ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees and allow it to rest for three minutes before eating.