WASHINGTON – A subsidiary of Greeley, Colorado-based JBS USA, JBS Tolleson Inc., announced the recall of approximately 6.51 million lbs. of raw, non-intact beef product beef products, including ground beef due to concerns that the beef may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport, according to the US Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The beef was produced at the Tolleson, Arizona plant between July 26, 2018 and Sept. 7, 2018 and products were shipped to retail and institutional customers nationwide.
The recall was the result of an investigation into multiple Salmonella Newport illnesses, which started with an initial retail store receipt received on Sept. 19, 2018 from an ill consumer. FSIS officials were then able to traceback the suspected beef products after receiving purchasing information from a total of eight consumers identified as case patients. Officials with the FSIS, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health officials have since identified 57 cases of the foodborne illness across 16 states. The onset of these patients’ illnesses was between Aug. 5, 2018 and Sept. 6, 2018 and investigators have concluded that JBS was the supplier of ground beef products linking the cases in the outbreak.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The product list is available on the USDA website along with the product labels. The agency will publish the list of retail stores where the product was distributed when the information becomes available.