An outbreak of salmonella infections, which led to the recall of over 5 million pounds of ground beef in December, is over, the Centers for Disease Control said on Friday, but warned that many consumers are still beef contaminated in their freezers.
Over 100 stores and retail chains sold beef produced by JBS Tolleson, Inc., Tolleson, Arizona nationwide and sold it as Kroger, Laura's Lean and JBS Generic.
Frozen beef should look for the holding number EST. The CDC said it could be stamped somewhere else on the packaging. If found, bring the recalled beef to the store or throw it away. "Do not eat, serve or sell it," the CDC said.
The outbreak began in October 2017, and JBS Tolleson Inc. was reminiscent of over 6 million pounds of raw beef. The recall was expanded in early December when the company withdrew another £ 5.1 million.
The outbreak's illness ranged from 5 August 2018 to 8 February 2019, the CDC reported. To date, a total of 403 people have been infected in more than 30 states that were between 1 and 99 years old. Almost half of the infected people were male. Nobody died, but 117 people were hospitalized.
The symptoms of Salmonella usually start for 12 to 72 hours to consume contaminated food. These include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever that last between four and seven days. Most people recover by themselves, but those who suffer from persistent diarrhea may need to be hospitalized. In rare cases, the infection can enter the bloodstream and cause serious illnesses.
The most serious risks for serious illnesses include those with weakened immune systems, babies and the elderly.
Ground beef safety
Generally speaking, the CDC does not advise raw or undercooked ground beef, the CDC advises, suggesting that all hamburgers and meatloaf or other beef mixes be heated to an interior temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit Food thermometer should be checked. Place the thermometer in the side of the hamburger patty until it reaches the center, it says in the CDC and at the thickest point of the loaf or other item.
Do not forget to wash utensils such as serving dishes, countertops and chopping boards that may have come into contact with raw meat, as well as with water and hands in hands.