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More people fall ill after eating contaminated beef

Posted at 12:50 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 14:50:39-04

Another 63 people have been reported ill from eating salmonella-contaminated ground beef, bringing the total number of sick people to 120 in 22 states.

The beef was distributed by JBS Tolleson, Inc., of Tolleson, Arizona. According to the USDA, it was sold by several large chains including Walmart and Sam’s Club.  The company recalled 6.5 million pounds of beef products earlier this month after the contamination was discovered.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 33 people have been hospitalized with severe infections, but no one has died.

If you have ground beef in your home labeled with the establishment number “EST. 267,” you should check the USDA-FSIS website for a list of stores and states where recalled ground beef was sold. The meat was sold under many different brand names at many different stores, and the establishment mark is the best way to identify the recalled beef.

The products were sold under several labels, including Cedar River Farms, Gourmet Burger, Grass Run Farms Natural Beef, JBS Generic, Showcase and Showcase/Walmart. The USDA says affected products were sold at many different stories, including Walmart Stores in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas; Winn Dixie stores in Florida and Georgia and Sam’s Club stores in 26 states.

Do not eat the recalled beef and either return it to the store where it was purchased or throw it away.

Ground Beef Patties
Ground Beef Patties (Associated Press)