A Salmonella outbreak linked to beef produced by JBS Tolleson Inc., of Tolleson, Arizona has triggered a recall fo 6.5 million pounds of beef, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS). Fifty-seven illnesses were reported from 16 states. Fourteen people have been hospitalized.

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“Customers with shopper cards and those who kept grocery receipts played a key role in solving this outbreak,” said Salmonella Lawyer Ryan Osterholm, of the national food safety law firm Pritzker Hageman.

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Grocery store shopper cards and receipts from eight people sickened in this outbreak helped USDA FSIS conduct a traceback investigation of ground beef products that helped the agency identify JBS as the common supplier of the ground beef products, according to the agency’s website.

Genetic “fingerprinting” tests were used to determine that people included in this outbreak were sickened by the same strain of Salmonella Newport. During interviews with health officials, people sickened in this outbreak reported eating ground beef at home in the week before they became ill. Several of them ate ground beef at the same events or purchased ground beef at the same grocery store chains, according to the Salmonella outbreak announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Case-patients reported onset-of-illness dates ranging from August 5, 2018 to September 6, 2018.  However, additional illnesses may be reported, according to the CDC. Those sickened in this outbreak range in age from less than one year old to 88 years old, with a median age of 33. Sixty-one percent of those sickened are male.

This investigation is ongoing.
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JBS Beef Salmonella Recall

The recalled products were packaged on various dates from July 26, 2018 to Sept. 7, 2018 and have the establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The recalled products which include ground beef and ground chuck sold as burgers and in chubs of various sizes were sold 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. To view the full list of recalled products click the preceding link.

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