It was only last week when two Michigan retailers, Gab Halal Foods and Jouni Meats, Inc., decided that roughly 1,000 lbs. of ground beef must be recalled on account of their possibly being contaminated with salmonella.
The country's Food Safety and Inspection Service says that the ground beef recalled by Gab Halal Foods was produced between December 4 and December 10, whereas the one recalled by Jouni Meats, Inc. was produced between December 4 and December 9.
Furthermore, the meat was distributed in supermarkets and stores nationwide packed in various size bags and wrapped in clear plastic, Daily Savings reports.
Despite these efforts to make sure that people living in the United States do not face any health threats, it now looks like some of the contaminated meat still made its way onto some individuals' plates.
Thus, as many as 16 people living in 5 different states are now ill as a result of their eating ground beef related to said recall. For the time being, it looks like nobody has died following their being exposed to salmonella.
Still, about half of the people who had consumed salmonella-contaminated foods ended up seeking medical attention, and had to be hospitalized.
As the USDA explains, “The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.”
Furthermore, “Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.”
For the time being, both the companies responsible for marketing the contaminated ground beef and health inspectors are worried that some of the ground beef listed under this recall might still be in people's freezers and that other individuals could also get sick after eating it.