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· Lawmakers push USDA after beef recall
… Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro sent a letter to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), saying she wants to see the salmonella testing records for the last year…
· JBS expands beef recall to more than 12M pounds
… The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising consumers and retailers not to eat, serve or sell ground beef produced by JBS Tolleson and to check freezers for the recalled products…
Lawmakers push USDA after beef recall
Matt McFarland & Kaitlyn Naples, WFSB (CT)
Dec 5, 2018
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -- As a nationwide ground beef recall continues to grow, some of that meat made its way to Connecticut.
After this latest recall, shoppers are now left wondering what’s next.
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro sent a letter to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), saying she wants to see the salmonella testing records for the last year.
She said it’s pretty concerning that it’s the second recall in a matter of months, pushing the total to more than 12 million pounds of ground beef.
The USDA added another 5.1 million pounds of ground beef packaged by JBS Tolleson out in Arizona, to the more than 6.9 million pounds first recalled back in October, after being linked to a salmonella outbreak.
According to the USDA, the beef was sold under a number of brands, including at select Walmart and Sam’s Club locations.
In Connecticut, the meat distributed was packaged as Cedar River Farms prime ground beef, 80/20 mixture, with used and sell by dates for Aug. 21, Aug. 27, Sept. 3, Sept. 10, Sept. 17, and Sept. 24.
The concern is that the meat in question, could be in people’s freezers.
“I heard about a few of them and we check our fridge and check the freezer. To make sure that we don’t have it because we don’t want nothing terrible happening to my grands or any of us, so we always check,” said Patricia Simmons, of New Haven...
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JBS expands beef recall to more than 12M pounds
By Cathy Siegner, FoodDive
Dec. 5, 2018
· The raw beef recall from JBS Tolleson, Inc., in Arizona has expanded by more than 5 million pounds due to potential salmonella contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday. The total amount being recalled is now about 12 million pounds.
· The recalled products were packaged between July 26 and Sept. 7. The agency posted an 18-page list of the expanded recalled items, which were shipped to retail locations and institutions across the country, plus photos of the labels. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
· The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising consumers and retailers not to eat, serve or sell ground beef produced by JBS Tolleson and to check freezers for the recalled products. As of Nov. 15, the agency said 246 people from 25 states have been infected with the outbreak salmonella strain and 59 have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, the CDC said.
About two months after its original recall, JBS Tolleson announced this week that it was voluntary expanding the recall because although the affected products have been removed from retail stores, some consumers may still have frozen product in their freezers.
"As a food company, our first priority is the safe production of food," the company said in a statement. "While no products in this expansion have been definitively linked to any illness, we have determined in consultation with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) that this action is in the best interests of public health."
While this is a massive beef recall by industry and federal agency standards, it's not the biggest. There have been at least four larger beef-related recalls in the past 21 years...
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