The ham recall was followed by a recall of 6.5 million pounds of beef due to salmonella.

By Emily Zauzmer
October 05, 2018 10:47 AM
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Check the raw beef and deli meat in your refrigerators—they just might be subject to a recall.

On Thursday, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced in a press release that JBS Tolleson, Inc. has recalled 6,500,966 pounds of raw beef over salmonella concerns.

Between Aug. 5 and Sept. 6, 57 people in 16 states reported getting sick. FSIS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations determined that JBS Tolleson’s raw ground beef is likely to blame.

The Arizona company, which published lists of recalled products, packaged the potentially contaminated meat from July 26 to Sept. 7 and sent it to stores across the country. “EST. 267,” the USDA mark of inspection, is printed on the recalled products.

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Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours, according to FSIS. While the illness can stretch four to seven days, most patients recover without needing medical treatment, but “individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider,” the release noted.

FSIS said that people who have already purchased possibly bad meat should return or trash it.

The news of the contaminated beef comes just one day after the USDA announced a recall of more than 89,000 pounds of deli ham.

Johnston County Hams out of Smithfield, N.C. is recalling the meat because of a possible listeria contamination. The ham items affected were produced from April 3, 2017 to Oct. 2, 2018 and were distributed in Maryland, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina and Virginia.

“Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms,” according to the USDA.

One death and three illnesses have been reported in connection with the ham. The organization is urging customers to check their refrigerators and freezers and either throw away or return the items. See the full list of recalled products here.