CDC: Contaminated ground beef that sickened over 400 people could still be in your freezer

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An outbreak of salmonella infections that led to the recall of more than 5 million pounds of ground beef in December is over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.

But many consumers could still have contaminated beef in their freezers, warns the CDC

More than 100 retailers, including chain retail locations and local stores, sold the recalled beef, according to the CDC. 

The outbreak sickened 403 people and led to 117 hospitalizations, according to the CDC.

The recalled beef products were produced and packaged from July 26, 2018, to Sept. 7, 2018, and were shipped to retailers nationwide under many brand names, according to the CDC.

The company recalled 6.9 million pounds of beef products on Oct. 4, 2018, and then recalled an additional 5.2 million pounds of beef products on Dec. 4, 2018.

When you check your freezer for recalled beef, look for beef labeled with the establishment number “EST. 267.” This is usually found inside the USDA mark of inspection but can be elsewhere on the package, CDC officials said.

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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