CDC: Final Update on Outbreak of Salmonella linked to Ground Beef

Posted on March 23, 2019 by


A final update about an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to ground beef has been posted.


  • This outbreak appears to be over.
  • A total of 403 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella were reported from 30 states.
  • 117 people were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.
  • Illnesses started on dates ranging from August 5, 2018, to February 8, 2019.
  • Ground beef produced by JBS Tolleson, Inc. was a likely source of this outbreak.

Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, and Retailers

  • Although the outbreak investigation is over, contaminated beef could still be in freezers. Check your freezer for beef recalled by JBS Tolleson, Inc., of Tolleson, Arizona, and do not eat, serve, or sell it.
  • Recalled beef products were produced and packaged from July 26, 2018, to September 7, 2018 and were shipped to retailers nationwide under many brand names.
  • The company recalled 6.9 million pounds of beef products on Oct. 4, 2018, and then recalled an additional 5.2 million pounds of beef products on Dec. 4, 2018.
  • When you check your freezer for recalled beef, look for beef labeled with the establishment number “EST. 267.” This is usually found inside the USDA mark of inspection, but can be elsewhere on the package.
  • More than 100 retailers, including chain retail locations and local stores, sold the recalled beef.
  • Visit the USDA-FSIS website for a list of stores and states where the recalled beef products were soldCdc-pdf[PDF – 322 KB]External. Stores are listed by state, in alphabetical order.
  • Return recalled beef to the store or throw it away.Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating recalled ground beef.

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