5.1 million pounds of beef added to salmonella recall

One of the nation's largest beef producers, JBS Tolleson, is recalling an additional 5 million pounds of beef products over possible salmonella contamination, the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Tuesday.

The raw beef items, which were sold to grocery stores across the country, were packaged between July and September, according to the statement. This is an expansion of an October recall by JBS Tolleson, which took around 7 million pounds of beef off the market after a salmonella outbreak caused hundreds of people to fall ill in the U.S.

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The FSIS in the statement said it is concerned that some consumers may have frozen the recalled beef in their freezers.

"These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase," the statement warns.

The FSIS added that it is continuing to investigate illnesses associated with the JBS Tolleson products.

Consuming foods contaminated with salmonella can cause a foodborne illness that includes symptoms such as cramps, fever and diarrhea.

FSIS and the Centers for Disease Control are continuing to investigate the causes of the salmonella outbreak.