The recalled products were packaged between July 26 and September 7 and were sold nationwide under brand names Walmart, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Showcase, Showcase/Walmart and JBS Generic.
A nationwide beef distributor based in Arizona is recalling more than 12 million pounds of beef that may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
All product supplied from JBS packaging facility in Tolleson, AZ. Health officials say all the products up for recall have the USDA inspection number "EST". An additional 16 case-patients have provided receipts or shopper card numbers for the product traceback investigations. An investigation has found 246 cases of people getting sick in 26 states.
Public health officials say consumers should check their homes for the recalled ground beef and other "non-intact" raw beef.
FSIS said there was a concern that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers.
Consumers with affected products should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase. The illness could last up to seven days.
The best way to avoid salmonella poisoning is cooking raw ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees and allow it to rest for three minutes before eating. People who consume it can be left with diarrhea, fever, and cramps. Elderly people, children and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to develop severe illness.
The following products are subject to recall: Products List (PDF); Product Labels (PDF only).
The majority of the outbreak occurred in August and September and then tapered off in October, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said.