Arizona-based meat producer JBS Tolleson, Inc. has recalled about 12 million pounds of non-intact, raw beef that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday morning.
The beef products, which include ground beef, were packaged from July 26 to September 7, according to the USDA news release. The products have establishment code "EST. 267" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The beef items were shipped to retail locations and institutions nationwide, the release said.
An investigation identified 246 confirmed case-patients from 26 states with illness onset dates ranging from July 26 to September 7.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food-borne illnesses, the USDA said.
The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment.
Consumers who have the recalled beef products should throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.
Anyone with questions about the recall can contact JBS USA Consumer Hotline at 800-727-2333. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time Monday through Friday.