Raw Turkey Food Recall Continues As More Consumers Are Sickened

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One of the nation’s largest sellers of raw turkey products for consumers has issued a food recall of over 164,000 pounds of raw ground turkey, extending concerns about the product that began over a year ago in November of 2017.

According to an announcement made by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, another 52 cases of salmonella poisoning have been reported, bringing the number of reported salmonella illnesses traced to turkey products since the beginning of the outbreak to 216, with one death and 84 hospitalizations.

The problem is not restricted to the United States, as the Public Health Agency of Canada has reported nearly two dozen illnesses between April 2017 and November 2018, including one death. The Centers for Disease Control say that Canadian illnesses have been confirmed as being the same strain of salmonella as those in the United States.

In a release regarding the food recall, the CDC indicated that it is specifically “exposure to raw turkey and raw chicken products” that has been linked to the illnesses. “Many of the individuals who became sick reported eating different types of turkey and chicken products before their illnesses occurred.” The same salmonella strain has been found in live turkeys, raw turkey pet food and raw turkey products meant for consumers.

Jennie-O Turkey Products Part of Massive Food Recall

Though it is thought that the issue exists with turkey products sold by many different brands and turkeys originating from many different farms, the Jennie-O food recall is specific to products that were produced at the company’s Faribault, Minnesota processing plant.

All of the recalled items are marked with establishment number P-579 and were sold in 1-pound, 2.5-pound and 3-pound packages. This recall follows an earlier one last November involving over 91,000 pounds of raw ground turkey that was processed at its Barron, Wisconsin facility. But the CDC is urging caution with all turkey products, saying, “A single, common supplier of raw turkey products or of live turkeys has not been identified that could account for the whole outbreak.”

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