First it was English cucumbers, then it was Romaine lettuce. Now, the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is reporting yet another potential food source that might make you sick: ground beef. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe and well.
• The problematic beef comes from JBS Tolleson, Inc., a major producer for Kroger, Cedar River Farms and Grass Run Farms. Beef from a long list of other stores and grocers may also be affected.
• It appears that all of the questionable beef was either produced or packaged on dates falling between July 26 and September 7, 2018. It can be found at nearly any store on the list across most of the continental USA.
• The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has stepped in to oversee the recall. They are advising the public that the ground beef from JBS is potentially infected with Salmonella. This is the same germ responsible for recent recalls on lettuce and cucumbers.
• The current beef recall is allegedly an extension of a recall that first started back in October. At the time, JBS suspected that around 12 million pounds of beef had been infected or contaminated with Salmonella.
• Check your refrigerator and freezer closely for any beef associated with the recall. If you have unmarked meat in your freezer, throw it out, especially if you suspect it may have come from one of the listed retailers. If you have marked products still in the package, you can return them to the retailer where they were purchased and get a refund or replacement.
• FSIS also acknowledged that it may be impossible for some consumers to determine whether the ground beef they have stored is affected. If you eat beef from your freezer, experience diarrhea, cramping, and fever, you should see a physician immediately. Most healthy adults overcome salmonella poisoning relatively well, but people who are elderly, infants or immunocompromised may be at risk of serious complications.