Colorado Part of Beef Recall Due To Salmonella Poisoning
A beef manufacturing company, JB Tolleson, Inc has recalled an additional 5.1 million pounds of beef that may be tainted with salmonella.
The meat was packaged between July and September of this year and has been distributed nationwide, including Colorado. This is actually an expansion of a recall from October and has exceeded 12 million pounds of ground beef.
The recall occurred due to salmonella that has caused 246 people to become ill, including 50 in Colorado.
There have been no deaths reported as a result of the outbreak, however, 56 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak. If you have any of the recalled beef, discard it immediately.
Consumers should look for the designation EST 267 inside the USDA mark of inspection and would have been packed from July 26 to September 7, 2018.
Keep in mind, you should only eat ground beef that has been cooked to 160 degrees and other cuts cooked to at least 145 degrees.
Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever that can last between four and seven days. Symptoms usually begin 12-72 hours after eating the tainted food.
If you would like to speak to a representative with the USDA, the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.