5.1 million pounds of beef recalled due to salmonella

NEW YORK (AP) - More U.S. beef is being recalled because it may be contaminated with salmonella. This is an expansion of a recall that was issued in October for the same reason.

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 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. As of November 15, recalled beef has caused 246 people to become sick in 25 states, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

No deaths have been reported, but 56 people have been hospitalized.

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.

Symptoms of salmonella usually begin within 12 to 72 hours of consuming contaminated food. These can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever that last between four and seven days. Most people recover on their own, but those who experience persistent diarrhea may need to be hospitalized.