Jennie-O Recalling Ground Turkey Amid Widespread Salmonella Outbreak

Ivan Schwartz
Ноября 17, 2018

After warning about an ongoing outbreak of salmonella in raw turkey a week ahead of Thanksgiving, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) just announced a recall of raw ground turkey products.

And consumers with Jennie-O Ground Turkey 93% Lean, Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey, Ground Turkey 85% Lean and Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey in their freezers should toss them out or return them to the store for a full refund.

Salmonella in food is estimated to be responsible for 1 million illnesses a year.

"Providing this information would allow some consumers to avoid turkey products more likely to be contaminated with risky salmonella", said the Safe Food Coalition, which includes several consumer groups including Consumer Reports and the Consumer Federation of America.

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But there hadn't been a recall of any products until Thursday, after the USDA, CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services did a traceback from a sample of Jennie-O ground turkey from the home of a salmonella sufferer.

The strain involved has been linked to a yearlong outbreak of 164 cases of illness, including one death, in 35 states. The packages in question have use-by dates of October 1, 2018 or October 2, 2018 and show the code "P-190" inside the USDA inspection mark. The USDA has said more product recalls from different companies could follow.

"It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that the turkeys headed for our Thanksgiving tables do not harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria that have caused human illness and death". The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever. One person died in California and 63 people have gone to the hospital, CNN reported. "CDC and USDA-FSIS have shared this information with representatives from the turkey industry and asked about steps that they may be taking to reduce Salmonella contamination".

It is advised that anyone who purchased these products to throw them out and not eat them. In addition to discarding the product associated with this recall, consumers can protect themselves now and in the future by ALWAYS cooking their turkey, and other poultry products thoroughly, to a safe internal temperature of 165 degrees, as measured using a food thermometer. That starts with thawing in the refrigerator, not on the countertop.

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