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Meat Recall Expanded, Now Up To 12 Mil Pounds Of Processed Beef

December 05, 2018 - 6:33 am

DALLAS (1080 KRLD/AP) - A massive recall of ground beef has expanded, it now includes more than 12 million pounds of processed meat.

Officials say the meat comes from JBS Tolleson in Arizona. The company had already recalled about 7 million pounds of beef in October. Health officials say all the products up for recall have the USDA inspection number "EST. 267."

Hundreds of products sold nationwide are involved. Here in Texas the meat is sold at Sam's Clubs, Sprouts, Wal-Mart and Fiesta Mart stores.

"While no products in this expansion have been definitively linked to any illness, we have determined in consultation with USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) that this action is in the best interests of public health," JBS said in a statement Monday.

The products were packaged between late July and September. The USDA says all the potentially tainted products have been removed from retailer stores. But the agency says people still may have products in their freezers that should be thrown away.

The USDA says salmonella is prevalent in raw poultry and meat and is reminding people to properly cook and handle meat. It says cooking kills salmonella.

Most people recover from salmonella infections without treatment, health officials say. If exposed to the bacteria, people typically get diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever in the first 12 to 72 hours. The symptoms can last up to a week.