By CORY WOODROOF
Sprouts Farmers Market in Franklin found itself on the list of stores the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes may have sold salmonella-infected beef.
As of Friday, the 1010 Murfreesboro Road location was listed by the USDA as potentially having tainted beef.
The beef comes from JBS Tollerson Inc., which supplies Sprouts with beef products.
Sprouts reassured customers and noted on its website Tuesday that “JBS has made an expanded voluntary recall of some of its ground beef product. No Sprouts products are affected by this recall. All beef products in our stores are safe for all guests to consume.”
Locations in Bellevue and Murfreesboro also landed on the recalled retail list.
In a food safety alert, the Center for Disease Control said that numerous brand names of beef sent out for sale from July 26, 2018 to Sept. 7, 2018, may have been exposed to salmonella.
The CDC noted that 246 cases have been reported across 25 states through the outbreak, which was first warned about in October. 59 were hospitalized with no deaths reported so far.
6.9 million pounds of beef were first recalled in October, with 5.2 million being recalled this past week.
Any product that could potentially be contaminated would come with the label “EST. 267” on the USDA inspection notice or on another part of the packaging identifier.
The CDC recommends discarding of any potentially tainted beef or returning it to the seller of origin.
They also say that “consumers with questions about the recall can call the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333.”