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Raw beef recall expands to 12 million pounds after hundreds fall ill in salmonella outbreak

FILE - This March 29, 2012, file photo, shows the beef product known as lean finely textured beef, or
FILE - This March 29, 2012, file photo, shows the beef product known as lean finely textured beef, or "pink slime," during a plant tour of Beef Products Inc. in South Sioux City, Neb., where the product is made. The nation’s school districts are turning up their noses at “pink slime,” the beef product that caused a public uproar earlier this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the vast majority of states participating in its National School Lunch Program have opted to order ground beef that doesn’t contain the product known as lean finely textured beef. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Authorities expanded a nationwide recall of raw beef products on Tuesday after hundreds of people fell ill from salmonella.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service believes that an additional 5 million pounds of raw meat is contaminated, bringing the total recalled amount to more than 12 million pounds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases have been reported in at least 25 states.

The recall now includes a list of brands that includes Kroger, Laura’s Lean and JBS generic.

According to a statement released by the Food Safety and Inspection Service, “the raw, non-intact beef items, including ground beef, were packaged on various dates from July 26, 2018 to Sept. 7, 2018.”

Leading beef processor JBS Tolleson first announced the recall of tainted meat in October.

State and federal agencies continued to investigate the salmonella outbreak, identifying approximately 250 cases with onset dates between July and September.

The agency warns consumers to check items stored in freezers, urging anyone who purchased the products “not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

Common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours of eating the contaminated product, according to the food safety alert, which also advises individuals concerned about an illness to contact their health care provider.

Tuesday’s recall follows a Thanksgiving-time salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey. Earlier this year, one person has died and 17 others were sickened after consuming contaminated chicken.

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