Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

USDA Recalls Raw Ground Turkey Over Dangerous Salmonella Outbreak

USDA Recalls Raw Ground Turkey Over Dangerous Salmonella Outbreak

In a new update to its ongoing report, the CDC reveals that a further 74 confirmed cases of salmonella have now been added to the case, bringing the total number of infections to 164 spanning 35 states.

The products being recalled include 1-pound packages of raw, ground Jennie-O turkey and were sold nationwide.

Government officials traced this back to a salmonella patient's home.

Sharing the brands and products would allow consumers to better protect themselves, Consumer Reports says. "15% FAT" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018.

1-lb. packages of "Jennie-O ITALIAN SEASONED GROUND TURKEY" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018. The outbreak, which began around November 20th of past year, has sent at least 63 people to the hospital and claimed at least one life. The ongoing hunt has found the salmonella strain in raw turkey pet food, ground turkey, turkey patties, and in live turkeys, indicating "it might be widespread in the turkey industry". The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product.

"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. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

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

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) responded Thursday, stating that the agency had not identified the source of the outbreak and criticized the organizations calling for the agency to name turkey suppliers without hard evidence of a link to the illness.

According to the federation, almost 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the federation eat turkey at Thanksgiving. Safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage are essential in preventing foodborne illness.

Wash your hands after touching it.

Cook - Cook to the right temperature.

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