The first recall in the ongoing salmonella outbreak in raw turkey has just been made. Late last night, the USDA announced that Jennie-O is recalling over 91,000 pounds of ground turkey due to possible salmonella contamination.
To limit your risk of exposure, the CDC is recommending that turkey be cooked to a minimum of 165 degrees, and to practice good hygiene by thoroughly washing hands and counters that have touched uncooked meet.
The following Jennie-O products are under recall:
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
Each of the products subject to the recall bear establishment number "P-190" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The items were shipped to retail locations nationwide. [View labels (PDF Only)].
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and its public health partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Health Services, have been conducting traceback activities for a sample of Jennie-O brand ground turkey in an intact, unopened package from a case-patient’s home. The patient tested positive for Salmonella Reading and the sample from the ground turkey matches the outbreak strain.
Currently there are 164 illnesses related to the outbreak throughout 35 states, and one death. So far, there is still no specific supplier that has been identified with the outbreak. The strain has been found in live turkeys, ground turkey, turkey patties, and raw turkey pet food.
Signs & Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning (Salmonellosis)
According to the USDA, symptoms of salmonella poisoning include:
The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days and most people recover without treatment. Older adults, infants, and those with weakened immune symptoms are likely to experience severe symptoms and seek medical care as soon as possible.
The USDA is advising that consumers who are in possession of the product under recall get rid of it or take it to the place of purchase for a full refund. They are also reminding consumers to make sure that all poultry, including turkey is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
To help keep you safe follow the following guidelines:
Wash hands and surfaces often, especially when handling raw meat to avoid cross contamination
Keep raw meat separate from other foods
Ensure that you are cooking each type of meat to the correct temperature
Refrigerate food immediately
The USDA and other agencies are diligently investigating this widespread outbreak, and the illnesses associated with it.
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