November 11, 2019

Arizona and Colorado Hit Hard in JBS Tolleson Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak

The states of Arizona and Colorado are hit the hardest in the JBS Tolleson ground beef Salmonella Newport outbreak. There are at least 57 people sick in that outbreak. Arizona has 15 sick, while Colorado has 12 sick.

Arizona Colorado JBS Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak

Almost seven million pounds of ground beef has been recalled in this outbreak. JBS Tolleson is located in Tolleson, Arizona. The ground beef products, which range from beefburgers to ground beef, all have the establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection.Epidemiologic and traceback information indicates that ground beef produced by JBS TOlleson is a likely source of this outbreak.

Public health investigators are using the PulseNet system, which stores isolates of pathogenic bacteria, to help them identify people who may be part of this outbreak. When a person is diagnosed with a Salmonella infection, doctors must report it to public health officials. DNA from samples taken from that patient are stored in the PulseNet system.

Attorney Fred Pritzker

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Food safety lawyer Fred Pritzker, who has had many clients sickened by contaminated ground beef, said, “Contaminated ground beef has, unfortunately, made many people sick over the years. These people, especially in Arizona and Colorado, are suffering through no fault of their own.”

In this outbreak, thirty-six of 39 people interviewed, or 912%, said they ate ground beef at home the week before they got sick. That is significantly higher than survey results which showed that 40% of healthy people consumed ground beef at home during the same week. In addition, some of the patients ate ground beef at the same events, or bought ground beef from the same grocery chains.

It makes sense that Arizona has many patients in this outbreak, since the company is located in that state. We don’t know why Colorado has so many patients.

This outbreak is likely to grow, since it can take time between when someone gets sick and sees their doctor, and is diagnosed. It also takes time to identify the DNA of the bacteria, using either pulsed field-gel electrophoresis (PFGE) or whole genome sequencing (WGS). If you have been ill with the symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning, which include nausea, a fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, see your doctor. You may be part of this JBS Tolleson Salmonella outbreak.

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