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CNN – An outbreak of salmonella infections that led to the recall of more than 5 million pounds of ground beef in December is over, the Centers for Disease Control announced Friday, but warns that many consumers could still have contaminated beef in their freezers.
More than 100 stores and chain retail establishments nationwide sold the beef, manufactured by JBS Tolleson, Inc., of Tolleson, Arizona, and sold as Kroger, Laura’s Lean and JBS generic.
“Do not eat, serve, or sell”
Consumers checking their frozen beef should look for the establishment number EST. 267 within the USDA mark of inspection, the CDC said, although it might be stamped in another spot on the package as well.
If found, return the recalled beef to the store or throw it away. Do not “eat, serve, or sell it,” the CDC said.
A lengthy outbreak
The outbreak began in October 2017, and JBS Tolleson Inc. recalled more than 6 million pounds of raw beef products.
The recall was expanded in early December when the company recalled another 5.1 million pounds. Illness from the outbreak ranged from August 5, 2018, to February 8, 2019, the CDC said.
As of today, a total of 403 people were infected in more than 30 states, ranging in age from 1 to 99 years old. No one died, but 117 people were hospitalized. Read more.