Jennie-O Recalls Ground Turkey Following One Case Of Illness From Salmonella

Turkey Roasting in the Oven

Turkey Roasting in the Oven

"The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading is present in live turkeys and in many types of raw turkey products, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry", the CDC says in its update.

The FSIS conducted an investigation by tracking a package of ground turkey and discovering the person who bought it tested positive for the same strain of salmonella found in the product.

Including the taco seasoned and Italian seasoned, the 85% lean and then 93% lean ground turkey.

Consumer Reports this week urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to name the brands and raw turkey products that have made 164 people sick in 35 states since November 2017.

In an open letter published Tuesday, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington, D.C. -based food safety and nutrition watchdog, criticized the USDA for not being more forthcoming about the companies and brand names associated with the yearlong outbreak, including slaughterhouses and processing facilities.

At least 74 cases of salmonella, including one death, have been linked to raw turkey products, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week.

Regulators did not say how many people were exposed to Jennie-O products.

Symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product.

"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".

1-pound packages of "Jennie-O ITALIAN SEASONED GROUND TURKEY" with a "Use by" date of October 2, 2018.

Those "use by" dates may seem like awhile ago. Most people recover without treatment. "If we had specific products that we could alert consumers with a Public Health Alert, we would issue one".

The outbreak has sent 63 people to the hospital; one has died.

They're trying to track the tainted turkey back to its source, but the question remains: Is this fair to consumers? Regulators say it should be thrown away. Most stores have disposable meat, pork or poultry thermometers.

To help stay safe, wash hands and cooking and preparation surfaces often, keep raw meat separate from other foods, cook to proper temperatures, and refrigerate cooked foods promptly.

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