An October recall of ground beef over Salmonella concerns increased Tuesday to include an additional 5 million pounds of product, the USDA announced. It brings the total to more than 12 million pounds.
The recall of beef supplied from JBS Tolleson of Tolleson, Ariz., has been linked to 246 people getting sick in 26 states.
The USDA now says 12,093,271 pounds of non-intact raw beef products have been recalled. The beef was shipped nationwide. People are urged to check their freezers to make sure they don't have the recalled meat.
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.
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:
- 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. Salmonella infection 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
Salmonella illness information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention