(Meredith) -- A raw beef recall from October has been expanded after health agencies found more people were getting sick with salmonella related illnesses. In total, more than 12 million pounds of raw beef products have been recalled due to potential salmonella contamination, and nearly 250 people have fallen ill.
The contaminated beef originated at JBS Tolleson Inc., in Tolleson, Arizona, but the products were shipped and sold nation wide. The contaminated beef was packaged in late July and early September, but officials are concerned some consumers may still have some of these beef products in the freezer. The USDA encourages everyone to dispose of any affected beef.
To identify affected products, check for a packaging date between July 26, and September 7. Each product's USDA mark of inspection will also include the establishment number "EST. 267."
Consuming food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a bacterial illness. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. While most people get better in about a week, it can cause serious complications. Anyone believed to be suffering from salmonellosis should talk to their doctor.
For more information, visit the USDA official website here.