Just today, an additional five million pounds of ground beef was recalled, bringing the total up to more than 12 million pounds in the latest salmonella outbreak.
In October, Arizona-based meat producer JBS Tolleson Inc. issued a recall for 6.5 million pounds of raw, non-intact beef products due to an outbreak of salmonella, CNN reports. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service identified JBS as the supplier of the tainted ground beef believed to be the "probable source" of repeated salmonella illnesses involved in both recalls.
Between August 5 and September 6, 57 cases of salmonella illness linked to this outbreak were reported in 16 states. On Tuesday, December 4, JBS Tolleson Inc. announced it was recalling an additional 5.1 million pounds of raw beef that also could be tainted with salmonella.
For the second recall, the suspicious beef was produced and packaged between July 26 and September 7. The beef has been distributed nationwide and includes the brands Walmart, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Showcase, Showcase/Walmart, Kroger and JBS Generic for both recalls. As of November 15, 246 people in 25 states have become sick from salmonella attributed to this outbreak. Almost 60 people have had to be hospitalized.