5.1 million pounds of beef added to national recall due to salmonella

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has expanded a recall of beef products that may be contaminated with salmonella.

In October, JBS announced plans to recall 6.9 million pounds of raw beef products due to salmonella concerns.

Now, the number of cases has skyrocketed to 246 confirmed from 26 states with illness onset dates spanning July 26 to September 7.

Another 5.1 millions of pounds of ground beef have been pulled from shelves as health officials struggle to contain a nationwide salmonella outbreak.

The USDA released a list of hundreds of products that are subject to the recall. "267" stamped inside the USDA mark of inspection.

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Consumers with affected products should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider, FSIS said.

The recalled beef products may be contaminated with salmonella, and this expansion doubles the previous amount recalled. No deaths have been reported. Given that the products may have been purchased as far back as July, FSIS advised consumers to check the information on meat in their freezers.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention.

The USDA also reminded consumers to cook all ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, "only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160°F". In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients need to be hospitalized. Elderly people, children and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to develop severe illness.

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