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Raw beef recall expands to 12 million pounds after hundreds infected by salmonella

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Dec. 4 that it believes an additional 5 million pounds of raw meat is contaminated. (Video: Reuters)

Authorities expanded a nationwide recall of raw beef products on Tuesday after hundreds of people fell ill from salmonella infection.

The U.S. Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said it believes that an additional 5 million pounds of raw meat is contaminated, bringing the total recalled amount to more than 12 million pounds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases have been reported in at least 25 states.

The recall’s list of brands includes Kroger, Laura’s Lean and JBS generic.

According to a statement released by the Food Safety and Inspection Service, “the raw, non-intact beef items, including ground beef, were packaged on various dates from July 26, 2018 to Sept. 7, 2018.“

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Leading beef processor JBS Tolleson first announced the recall of tainted meat in October.

State and federal agencies continued to investigate the outbreak of salmonella illness, identifying approximately 250 cases of infection with the Newport strain with onset dates between July and September.

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The agency warns consumers to check items stored in freezers, urging anyone who purchased the products “not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates salmonella causes 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths in the United States every year. (Video: Patrick Martin/The Washington Post)

Common symptoms of salmonella illness are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours of eating the contaminated product, according to the food safety alert, which also advises individuals concerned about an illness to contact their health-care provider.

Tuesday’s recall follows a Thanksgiving-time salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey. Earlier this year, one person died and 17 others were sickened after consuming contaminated chicken.

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