News Release

6 million pounds of Salmonella-contaminated beef recalled

Consumer group calls for Salmonella to be treated like other dangerous contaminants
For Immediate Release

On Thursday, JBS Tolleson, Inc. announced it is of raw beef products as a result of Salmonella contamination. In the past month, this outbreak of Salmonella Newport has caused at least 57 illnesses in 16 states.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), however, beef producers to refrain from selling meat with Salmonella. Producers have to withhold contaminated products until the USDA traces sicknesses to a particular batch of meat, like in this case.

“It makes no sense that government agencies designed to protect our health allow tainted meat into the marketplace,” said Viveth Karthikeyan, Consumer Watchdog Associate at Travel Buddy. “This grave oversight leaves consumers vulnerable to potentially life-threatening infections. We cannot wait around for another outbreak before mandating that the USDA institute the same standards for Salmonella that it has for other contaminants, such as certain strains of E. coli.”


In 2015, introduced the Meat and Poultry Recall Notification Act, which would have identified Salmonella as an adulterant. However, this attempt by legislators and advocates to make progress on this commonsense issue failed. The new JBS Tolleson recall is a powerful example of why we need such a law.

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