6.5 million pounds of beef recalled for possible salmonella

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(Tegna)- An Arizona company is recalling 6.5 million pounds of various beef products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, the USDA announced Thursday. People are urged to check their freezers to make sure they don’t have the recalled meat.

The products, identified as being supplied from JBS Tolleson of Tolleson, Ariz., are raw, “non-intact” beef items including ground beef that were shipped nationwide.

Investigators say at least 57 people in 16 states have reported getting sick.

Hundreds of products are on the list. The USDA said the meat was packaged between July 26 and Sept. 7. They have an establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Related: Product list | Product labels

What are the signs and symptoms of Salmonella infection?

Most people infected with Salmonella develop the following signs and symptoms 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Abdominal cramps

How long does the illness last?

  • The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
  • In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonellainfection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.
  • In rare cases, Salmonella infection can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

Who is more likely to have a severe illness?

  • Children younger than 5 years
  • Adults older than 65
  • People with weakened immune systems

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