Don't Gobble: Raw Turkey Products Recalled

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More than 160 people in 35 states been infected with drug-resistant Salmonella linked to raw turkey products, resulting in 63 hospitalizations and one death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, and public health officials in a number of states are investigating the outbreak.

Testing indicates live turkeys, raw turkey products, and raw turkey pet foods are involved in the outbreak. One company, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales in Barron, Wisconsin, has voluntarily recalled more than 91,000 pounds of raw turkey products. According to Rick Williamson, a media spokesperson for Jennie-O and Hormel, "The recall of Jennie-O product involves products from one single production line, on a single production date from a single facility. The other illnesses are not connected to this recall and have not been linked in any way to Jennie-O." Authorities have not yet linked any of the other salmonella cases to specific suppliers. Here is a list of the recalled products.

The CDC advises consumers to handle raw turkey carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent Salmonella infection. Here are some tips:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling raw turkey products.
  • Cook raw turkey to an internal temperature of 165°F to kill harmful germs.
  • Wash counters, cutting boards, and utensils with warm, soapy water after contact with raw turkey.
  • Don’t feed raw foods to your pets.

Sourced from: CDC