More than 5.1 million pounds of raw beef products are being recalled for possible salmonella contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Produced and packaged between July 26 and September 7 and distributed nationwide, the recalled beef includes Kroger, Cedar River Farms, Grass Run Farms, and JBS generic brands. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 246 people became sick in 25 states, with 56 people hospitalized for salmonella poisoning.
This recall is linked to another one in October. Recalled “non-intact raw beef products” are now in excess of 12 million pounds. The company behind the massive recalls? JBS Tolleson Inc. The Tolleson, Arizona, meat processor is a subdivision of JBS USA, the leading producer of beef, pork, and lamb in the U.S.; the leading processor of beef in Canada; and the largest cattle feeder in the world.
Typical symptoms of salmonella poisoning include nausea, diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. There is even risk of severe illness leading to long-term complications or death.
What’s more, salmonella outbreaks are common in the meat industry. Just recently, a salmonella outbreak in turkey products affected 164 people across 35 U.S. states, killing at least one person just before Thanksgiving. The CDC says the outbreak is likely widespread in the turkey industry, as the strain has been found in ground turkey, turkey patties, raw turkey pet food, and live turkeys.
Earlier this year, the Miami Herald announced that a massive salmonella outbreak had prompted the recall of 206 million eggs from nine different brands in nine states! Additionally, CNN reported that an additional 92 people from 29 states had been infected by drug-resistant salmonella found in a variety of chicken products. And according to the FDA, seafood imports from China—about 27 percent of seafood consumed in the U.S.—are frequently contaminated with salmonella.
Aside from salmonella and E. coli, quite a few other harmful bacteria and viruses commonly contaminate meat, including vibrio, listeria, shigella, and campylobacter. A recent analysis found that nearly 60 percent of U.K.-produced chickens tested positive for campylobacter.
While contracting a foodborne illness is scary in itself, what’s worse is the conditions the animals at factory farms endure that encourage widespread diseases. Because factory farms are so filthy, they are the perfect breeding ground for diseases and parasites.
One surefire way to prevent infection is to avoid animal products altogether. By opting for plant-based versions, you not only protect your health but help protect animals from abuse.
A recent Mercy For Animals investigation into Tosh Farms, a JBS pork supplier, found workers kicking and punching animals in their faces, ripping out the testicles of baby pigs without any pain relief, and violently smashing baby pigs headfirst against the ground to kill them.
The undercover footage also exposed sick and injured piglets left to suffer without proper veterinary care and mother pigs kept in metal cages so tiny that the animals couldn’t even turn around or lie down comfortably.
Fortunately, you can shield your family and yourself from potentially deadly foodborne illnesses simply by choosing healthy and compassionate plant-based foods.