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

Roman Schwartz
November 18, 2018

Jennie-O has recalled more than 90,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products for fears it could be contaminated with salmonella.

In addition to ground turkey, Salmonella has also been detected in raw turkey pet food and live turkeys, an indication the bacteria is widespread in the turkey industry.

They include 1-pound packages of lean turkey, taco-seasoned ground turkey and Italian-seasoned ground turkey with use-by dates of October 1-2.

The recalled turkey products were shipped nationwide and produced on September 11. It's the first brand to be named in the yearlong outbreak investigation that has sickened more than 160 people in 35 states.

An antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella reading has made at least 164 people ill, and at least one third of them have been hospitalized so far. The company has provided detailed instructions on identifying and returning recalled products.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, another turkey recall has been announced.

Pet food with raw turkey was linked to the outbreak previously.

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The CDC says signs of illness from salmonella can include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. "7% FAT" with "Use by" dates of 10/01/2018 and 10/02/2018. Illness typically lasts four to seven days.

Vulnerable populations include those under 5 and over 65 years of age and people with weakened immune systems, however, "most people recover without treatment". "If we had specific products that we could alert consumers to with a Public Health Alert, we would issue one".

"In the meantime, it's important that consumers know they can purchase and safely consume these products", the agency added. Regulators say the product should be thrown away.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

FSIS cautions that Salmonella is prevalent and can be present in raw poultry and meat and that no raw poultry or meat is sterile.

Jennie-O Turkey Store president, Steve Lykken, said in a statement that the company was told by government agencies the strain was found in 29 different manufacturing plants used by 19 different companies.

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