12 million pounds of beef being recalled over salmonella fears

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NEW YORK (AP) -

More U.S. beef is being recalled because it may be contaminated with salmonella.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a unit of Brazil's JBS is now recalling a total of more than 12 million pounds of raw beef that was shipped around the country. JBS Tolleson in Arizona already recalled about 7 million pounds of beef in October.

Health officials say their investigation identified additional products with the USDA inspection number "EST. 267." The products were packaged between late July and September. The USDA says any products still in people's freezers should be thrown away. It says 246 illnesses have been reported.

The USDA says salmonella is prevalent in raw poultry and meat and is reminding people of to properly cook and handle meat. It says cooking kills salmonella.

The meat was sold at Kroger and other stores. Click here for product labels.

A Dillons spokesperson says Dillons, Bakers and Gerbes stores are not impacted by the recall. 

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