JBS Tolleson Inc. is expanding its recall of ground beef linked to a Salmonella outbreak. Grocery stores sold the recalled ground beef under a variety of brand names including Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Comnor Perfect Choice, Gourmet Burger, Grass Run Farms Natural Beef, JBS Generic, Showcase, and Showcase/Walmart. Consumers who have purchased these brands should check the Salmonella ground beef recall information carefully. No one should eat the recalled beef products as Salmonella can cause serious illness.
“Most people don’t realize that a Salmonella infection can cause sepsis, organ failure, permanent injury, and death,” said Fred Pritzker, the lead attorney on Pritzker Hageman’s Salmonella Team, which recently won $4.5 million for a client who got food poisoning from steak served at a national chain restaurant.
12 Million-Pound Ground Beef Recall
On October 4, 2018, JBS Tolleson of Tolleson, Arizona recalled 6.9 million pounds of ground beef for possible Salmonella contamination. The company packaged those ground beef and ground chuck products, sold as burgers and in chubs of various sizes, between July 26, 2018, and Sept. 7, 2018. They have the establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Today, the company recalled an additional 5.2 million pounds of ground beef products produced during that same time frame. That brings the total amount of recalled ground beef linked to this Salmonella outbreak to 12 million pounds. More than 100 retailers sold these recalled products including FoodMaxx, Pricechopper, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and Winn Dixie. To see an alphabetical listing click the link to the retail distribution list on this USDA recall page.
Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak
The 25-state outbreak has sickened 246 people, 59 of whom were so sick they need to be hospitalized. The case-patients reported onset-of-illness dates ranging from August 5, 2018, to October 16, 2018, according to the most recent update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They range in age from less than one year old to 88 years old.
The cases reported by state are as follows: Arizona (42), California (66), Colorado (50), Connecticut (1), Hawaii (4), Idaho (3), Iowa (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (2), Missouri (3), Montana (8), New Mexico (9), Nevada (3), Ohio (9), Oklahoma (4), Oregon (1), South Dakota (6), Texas (13), Utah (9), Washington (3), and Wyoming (4).