Consumers Warned to Avoid Recalled Ground Beef Associated with National Salmonella Outbreak
For Release: October 23, 2018 - Jamie Dukes, Office of Communications – 405/271-5601
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has joined public health officials in other states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella associated with raw beef products, including ground beef, packaged at JBS Tolleson, Inc. As of Oct. 23, a total of 120 cases in 22 states are linked to this outbreak, including four cases in Oklahoma.
Collaborative investigative efforts of public health and regulatory officials led to a recall of approximately 6.9 million pounds of potentially contaminated raw, prepackaged beef products, including ground beef, labeled with the establishment number “EST. 267”. These recalled products were sold in Sam’s Club and Sprouts stores in several states, including Oklahoma. The OSDH advises the public to avoid consuming any of the recalled beef by throwing it away or returning to the store. Consumers should also check their freezers for any beef product that may have been bought and frozen for future use.
Specific recommendations regarding the recall:
Consumers should not use any of the recalled beef products and should throw them out.
Eating the recalled ground beef can make you sick.
In general, consumers should always handle and cook ground beef safely to avoid foodborne illness.
Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Individuals who have recently handled or consumed the recalled beef and who have experienced any of these symptoms within 12 to 72 hours should contact their health care provider.