Jennie-O ground turkey products recalled for salmonella concern

Jennie-O ground turkey products recalled for salmonella concern

Including the taco seasoned and Italian seasoned, the 85% lean and then 93% lean ground turkey.

These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first announced an outbreak linked to raw turkey products in July, announcing earlier this week that the outbreak had since affected people from 35 different states including New York, Texas, California, Illinois, and Minnesota, with a total of 164 reported cases of infection, including 63 hospitalizations and one death. "Based on the continuing investigation, additional product from other companies may also be recalled". Consumers who may have the recalled product in their freezer are urged not to eat it. "15% FAT" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018.

"It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that the turkeys headed for our Thanksgiving tables do not harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria that have caused human illness and death".

The raw turkey products were produced on September 11, 2018.

Symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The packages in question have use-by dates of October 1, 2018 or October 2, 2018 and show the code "P-190" inside the USDA inspection mark.

Vulnerable populations include those under 5 and over 65 years of age and people with weakened immune systems, however, "most people recover without treatment". Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider. "If we had specific products that we could alert consumers to with a Public Health Alert, we would issue one". If so, the CDC says the products should be thrown away or returned tot he place of purchase. The USDA said only that the company's products "may be associated" with the outbreak.

The CDC recommends people thaw their raw turkey carefully and cook it through fully to avoid food poisoning.

Clean - Wash hands and surfaces often.

CSPI directed consumers to the federal food safety guidelines for handling raw poultry, which includes common sense guidelines to follow, outbreak or not, especially around the holidays.

Chill - Refrigerate food promptly.

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