Eighty-eight more people have been ill with salmonella related to recalled beef products, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
In total, 333 have been ill and 91 have been hospitalized since diseases began in August. No deaths have been reported.
Diseases reported in 28 states; Michigan, Mississippi and West Virginia are the last. The CDC said the outbreak investigation was ongoing.
JBS Tolleson Inc. has recalled more than 12 million pounds beef products that may have been contaminated with salmonella. The products were manufactured and packaged between 26 July and 7 September, distributed nationwide and sold in more than 100 stores. A list of states and distributors who received the contaminated meat, including Walmart and Kroger, is available from the US Department of Agriculture.
CDC recommends that consumers check their freezer for the beef they have stored and look for the establishment number EST. 267. Any beef attached to the recall shall be returned or discarded.
The USDA said that people should "only eat beef cooked to a temperature of 160 ° F. Other cuts of beef should be cooked to a temperature of 145 ° F and leave for at least 3 minutes."
Salmonella Symptoms are displayed usually within 12 to 72 hours of consumed food that has been contaminated. Symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps and fever and may last for four to seven days. Hospitalization may be necessary for persistent diarrhea. Children under 5 years of age, adults over 65, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have severe cases.
Consumers with callback questions can call the JBS US Consumer Hotline at 800-727-2333.