Jennie-O products recalled after one death linked to salmonella outbreak

USDA won’t name turkey plants despite 164 illnesses and 1 death
By Coral Beach

USDA won’t name turkey plants despite 164 illnesses and 1 death By Coral Beach

But while you're making plans to whip up the most impressive turkey dish you can muster, remember that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still working on a almost year-long investigation into a turkey salmonella outbreak that has already claimed at least one life and left over 150 sick.

According to the agency, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales is recalling 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products. The patient tested positive for the disease, and investigators tested an unopened package and found a sample matched the outbreak strain.

But the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, which is monitoring the outbreak, said in a statement that it would be "grossly irresponsible and reckless" to identify the brands or name the companies that operate the facilities "when a link from an establishment to an illness has not been made".

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has recalled turkey products linked to a salmonella outbreak.

Health officials say the investigation has been complex because the strain has been identified in a wide range of products, and investigators have been interviewing sick people to trace it back to a single source.

Salmonella causes more than 1 million illnesses every year, and food is the main source.

Vulnerable populations include those under 5 and over 65 years of age and people with weakened immune systems, however, "most people recover without treatment".

The samples used in the USDA's test came from a September 11, 2018, production.

These instances of salmonella poisoning killed one person in California and sent sixty-three to the hospital, according to the CDC.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the USDA is raising the alarm about raw turkey. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider. Based on the continuing investigation, additional product from other companies may also be recalled. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. People should discard the product or return it to the place of purchase.

FSIS cautions that Salmonella is prevalent and can be present in raw poultry and meat and that no raw poultry or meat is sterile. So, it's important to pay close attention to what you're doing before you cook the turkey.

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