Salmonella Fears Prompt Recall of 6.5M Pounds of Beef

Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Comnor Perfect Choice and Gourmet Burger are among the brands being recalled

About 6.5 million pounds of raw beef products are being recalled nationwide over salmonella contamination fears linked to nearly 60 people being sickened in 16 states.

The recalled products, including ground beef, may be in consumers' freezers, according to the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service, which announced the recall Thursday.

The brand names included in the recall are Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Comnor Perfect Choice, Gourmet Burger, Grass Run Farms Natural Beef, JBS Generic, Showcase and Showcase/Walmart. See a list of the specific products being recalled here, and product labels here.

The 6,500,966 pounds of recalled raw beef products were packaged at an Arizona facility owned by JBS Tolleson between July 26 and Sept. 7 and all bear establishment number "EST. 267" in the mark of inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

An investigation determined that ground beef was the probably source of the salmonella outbreak and "identified 57 case-patients from 16 states with illness onset dates ranging from August 5 to September 6, 2018," the FSIS wrote.

The recall notice didn't provide a list of states where people were sickened.

Anyone with questions about the recall can contact JBS' consumer hotline at 1-800-727-2333.

In a separate salmonella recall linked to eggs produced at Alabama poultry farm Gravel Ridge Farms, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that 38 people in seven states have been sickened.

Most of the illnesses are in Tennessee, where 23 people have been affected. Alabama has had seven cases and Ohio has four. Single cases have occurred in Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky and Montana.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within three days of eating the contaminated product, and the illness can last up to seven days. While most people recover, people with weakened immune systems are more likely to need to be hospitalized.

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