Widespread Salmonella Outbreak Forces Turkey Recall Days Before Thanksgiving
More than 91,000 pounds of raw ground turkey is being recalled over a widespread salmonella outbreak that could be linked to Jennie-O products, the United States Department of Agriculture said in a news release Friday (Nov. 16).
The USDA's announcement came a week before the Thanksgiving, but doesn't include the turkeys typically prepared during the holiday.
According to CBS News, one person died and 164 people reported illnesses. At least half of those who fell ill had to be hospitalized in the ongoing outbreak that has reportedly affected 35 states thus far.
The products in question were produced on Sept. 11, 2018 and feature the “P-190” USDA inspection mark, with use by dates of 10/1/2018 to 10/2/2018.
See the products below:
• 1-lb. packages of "Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 93% LEAN | 7% FAT" with "Use by" dates of 10/01/2018 and 10/02/2018.
• 1-lb. packages of "Jennie-O TACO SEASONED GROUND TURKEY" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018.
• 1-lb. packages of "Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 85% LEAN | 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.
Salmonella, a bacterial illness, which can last anywhere from four days to a week, can have the most severe affects on children, infants and adults with weakened immune systems. Common symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever, and usually occur within 12 to 72 hours of ingesting contaminated food or water.
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