Jennie-O Recalls Raw Ground Turkey Products

Jennie-O Recalls Raw Ground Turkey Products

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, Inc., is recalling approximately 164,210 pounds of raw ground turkey products due to the possibility of salmonella contamination.

Based on investigations, exposure to raw chicken and turkey products has been identified as a likely source of the outbreak.

"The products subject to recall bear establishment number "EST".

The recall comes as the CDC reports 52 new cases of illness linked to an outbreak strain of Salmonella in various turkey products that include live turkeys and raw turkey pet food.

Currently, the FSIS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state public health and agriculture partners are working together on an illness cluster involving 216 people in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Jennie-O Turkey items, that were produced on October 22-23 with freeze-by dates as late as November 13, are subject to recall.

The packaging of one of the recalled Jennie-O ground turkey products. The products had freeze-by dates as late as November 13.

State health officials in Arizona and MI identified salmonella bacteria in unopened packages of Jennie-O ground turkey from the homes of two patients with salmonella illness.

A patient in MI tested positive for salmonella after consuming some of the affected ground turkey. "These products were not imported or distributed in the Canadian marketplace". This bacteria was "closely related genetically" to the bacteria from the patients. The illness lasts four to seven days.

The CDC has issued a few tips on avoiding foodborne illness during the recall.

Symptoms of Salmonella include fever, chills, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache, nausea and vomiting. Most people recover within a week.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume raw poultry product that has been cooked to a temperature of 165°F.

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