Food & Drinks

Massive ground beef recall expands to more than 12 million pounds

(USA Today) Get up and check your freezer for ground beef you may have stashed away. The massive ground beef recall initiated in October by the nation’s largest beef processor, JBS USA, has gotten even bigger.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says an additional 5.1 million-plus pounds has been recalled beyond the 6.9 million pounds recalled two months ago for risk of contamination with salmonella newport, a strain of the bacteria that is a common cause of food poisoning.

The 12.1 million pounds of raw beef products including ground beef were produced between July 26 and Sept. 7 by JBS USA at its JBS Tolleson, Inc., processing plant in Tolleson, Arizona.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) “is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers,” the agency said in an update on its website. “These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”