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91,000 Pounds of Turkey Recalled Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

91,000 Pounds of Turkey Recalled Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

Ground turkey is being recalled from Jennie-O, a Hormel brand, amid a widespread outbreak of salmonella.

Jennie-O Turkey is recalling more than 91,000 pounds of raw turkey sold at retailers across the United States, including Sam's Club and Southern favorites Publix and H-E-B Grocery. The raw turkey in question was manufactured on Sept. 11, 2018, with most "use by" dates in October, but these products could still be in freezers.

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The products being recalled include one-pound packages of ground turkey as well as pre-seasoned varieties. The USDA has attached product images, as well as full product information, to their official recall notice. Officials are asking shoppers to return any affected products to the point of purchase for a full refund, or to simply toss the tainted turkey out.

Jennie-O, which is owned by Hormel, is the first manufacturer to be linked to the ongoing salmonella outbreak, which has claimed the life of one in California and sickened more than 164 people in 35 different states so far. Half of those who were sickened required hospitalization, which occurred after they ate raw turkey tainted with a strain of salmonella known as salmonella Reading.

Other cases also stemmed from consumption of ground turkey, contact with raw turkey pet food, as well as live turkeys themselves. This leads us to believe the bacteria is widespread within the turkey industry.

More on salmonella and how to stay safe:

While federal safety agencies are maintaining that it's still safe to enjoy a turkey on Thanksgiving, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently advising that turkeys be thoroughly cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees before being served—taking the time to use a meat thermometer to confirm temperatures before serving your meal is crucial.

Make sure to wash your hands properly when handling raw meat in your kitchen, and take time to sanitize any prep space after handling raw meat. Don't, however, wash raw turkey or poultry in your sink before prepping, as contact on surfaces can actually spread bacteria.

Earlier this week, USDA officials released a statement saying it wouldn't name which turkey plants that had been linked to prior cases, USA Today reports. "It would be grossly irresponsible and reckless to associate producers with an outbreak investigation, when a link from an establishment to an illness has not been made. It’s also not helpful to consumers,” the statement, issued Nov. 14 by the USDA, reads.


91,000 pounds of ground turkey recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

Less than a week away from Thanksgiving, Jennie-O has recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products due to a potential salmonella contamination, according to the USDA.

The raw products were produced on Sept. 11, 2018. The following products are subject to 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.

The current salmonella outbreak involves 164 patients in 35 states. The USDA says a patient with a sample of Jennie-O brand ground turkey tested positive for salmonella Reading and the sample from the turkey matches the outbreak strain.

Costumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. Those products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.


91,000 pounds of ground turkey recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

Less than a week away from Thanksgiving, Jennie-O has recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products due to a potential salmonella contamination, according to the USDA.

The raw products were produced on Sept. 11, 2018. The following products are subject to 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.

The current salmonella outbreak involves 164 patients in 35 states. The USDA says a patient with a sample of Jennie-O brand ground turkey tested positive for salmonella Reading and the sample from the turkey matches the outbreak strain.

Costumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. Those products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.


91,000 pounds of ground turkey recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

Less than a week away from Thanksgiving, Jennie-O has recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products due to a potential salmonella contamination, according to the USDA.

The raw products were produced on Sept. 11, 2018. The following products are subject to 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.

The current salmonella outbreak involves 164 patients in 35 states. The USDA says a patient with a sample of Jennie-O brand ground turkey tested positive for salmonella Reading and the sample from the turkey matches the outbreak strain.

Costumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. Those products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.


91,000 Pounds Of Ground Turkey Recalled

This morning, the USDA and Jennie-O are recalling varieties of ground turkey due to a potential salmonella contamination.

According to the official press release from Jennie-O, the products being recalled were processed on 9/11/18. Below is a list of the affected meat:

  • 1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 93% LEAN | 7% FAT” with “Use by” dates of 10/01/2018 and 10/02/2018. UPC Code: 4222230200
  • 1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O TACO SEASONED GROUND TURKEY” with a “Use by” date of 10/02/2018. UPC Code: 4222230202
  • 1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 85% LEAN | 15% FAT” with a “Use by” date of 10/02/2018. UPC Code: 4222231307
  • 1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O ITALIAN SEASONED GROUND TURKEY” with a “Use by” date of 10/02/2018. UPC CODE: 4222230203

You can either return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or call Consumer Engagement at 1-800-621-3505, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Central Time.

To read the official recall from Jennie-O… click HERE.

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91,000 pounds of ground turkey recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

Less than a week away from Thanksgiving, Jennie-O has recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products due to a potential salmonella contamination, according to the USDA.

The raw products were produced on Sept. 11, 2018. The following products are subject to 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.

The current salmonella outbreak involves 164 patients in 35 states. The USDA says a patient with a sample of Jennie-O brand ground turkey tested positive for salmonella Reading and the sample from the turkey matches the outbreak strain.

Costumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. Those products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.


More than 164,000 pounds of ground turkey recalled 52 more people sick in deadly salmonella outbreak

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, Inc., is recalling approximately 164,210 pounds of raw ground turkey products due to the possibility of salmonella contamination, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday.

The recall was announced as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 52 new cases of illness associated with the outbreak. This brings the total number of illnesses to 216 people across 38 states since the outbreak began in November 2017. Eighty-four people have been hospitalized and one death has been reported.

In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada said Friday there have been 22 cases of illness in four provinces. All of the illnesses there occurred between April 2017 and November 2018, but nearly half of the illnesses began in October and November of this year. Five patients have been hospitalized and one person died.

“Based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to raw turkey and raw chicken products has been identified as the likely source of the outbreak. Many of the individuals who became sick reported eating different types of turkey and chicken products before their illnesses occurred,” a public health notice from the agency said.

According to the CDC, the cases in Canada have the same strain of salmonella as the cases in the US outbreak.

Health investigators have identified the outbreak strain of salmonella in samples of raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products, and live turkeys, according to the CDC.

The recalled raw ground turkey products were produced at the Jennie-O’s Faribault, Minnesota facility between October 22 and October 23 of this year. The recalled packages are marked on the side with establishment number P-579 and were sold in 1 pound, 2.5 pound and 3 pound packages.

On November 15, the company issued a recall of more than 91,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products from its Barron, Wisconsin facility.

Patients who were interviewed by outbreak investigators reported buying a variety of different brands of raw turkey products from many different stores. “A single, common supplier of raw turkey products or of live turkeys has not been identified that could account for the whole outbreak,” the CDC said.

The investigation is ongoing. “The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading is present in live turkeys and in many types of raw turkey products, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry,” the CDC said, adding that “CDC and USDA-FSIS have shared this information with representatives from the turkey industry and asked about steps that they may be taking to reduce Salmonella contamination.”

In the meantime, consumers should not eat any recalled products and should take steps to prevent salmonella illness. That includes hand washing and thoroughly cooking turkey to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, as measured by a food thermometer. Washing raw turkey is not recommended because it can spread germs. And pet owners should not feed raw food, including turkey, to pets — the investigation for this outbreak identified three infected patients who live in homes where pets were fed raw turkey pet food.

Salmonella is to blame for 1 million cases of foodborne illness in the United States every year, according to the CDC.

Symptoms usually begin 12 to 72 hours after consuming the bacteria and can last four to seven days. They include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, according to the CDC. Most people recover on their own. Patients who experience severe diarrhea may require hospitalization. If severely ill patients are not treated, the illness can be deadly.


More Jennie-O Turkey recalled after deadly salmonella outbreak

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales Inc. is recalling about 164,210 pounds of raw ground turkey products due to the possibility of salmonella contamination, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday.

The recall was announced as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 52 new cases of illness associated with the outbreak. This brings the number of illnesses to 216 people across 38 states since the outbreak began in November 2017. Eighty-four people have been hospitalized, and one death has been reported.

In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada said Friday there have been 22 cases of illness in four provinces. The illnesses occurred between April 2017 and this November, but nearly half of the illnesses began in October and last month. Five patients have been hospitalized, and one person died.

"Based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to raw turkey and raw chicken products has been identified as the likely source of the outbreak," a public health notice from the agency said. "Many of the individuals who became sick reported eating different types of turkey and chicken products before their illnesses occurred."

According to the CDC, the cases in Canada have the same strain of salmonella as those in the US outbreak.

Health investigators have identified the outbreak strain of salmonella in samples of raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products and live turkeys, the CDC said.

The recalled raw ground turkey products were produced at Jennie-O's Faribault, Minnesota, facility between October 22 and October 23. The recalled packages are marked on the side with establishment number P-579 and were sold in 1-pound, 2.5-pound and 3-pound packages.

On November 15, the company issued a recall of more than 91,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products from its Barron, Wisconsin, facility.

Patients who were interviewed by outbreak investigators reported buying a variety of different brands of raw turkey products from many different stores. "A single, common supplier of raw turkey products or of live turkeys has not been identified that could account for the whole outbreak," the CDC said. And the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service noted that additional recalls may be announced for products from other companies.

The investigation is ongoing. "The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading is present in live turkeys and in many types of raw turkey products, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry," the CDC said, adding that it and the Food Safety and Inspection Service "have shared this information with representatives from the turkey industry and asked about steps that they may be taking to reduce Salmonella contamination."

Steve Lykken, Jennie-O Turkey Store's president, said the company has made operational changes, including vaccinating turkeys to protect them from salmonella. He called it a much wider problem across the industry, even without the ongoing outbreak. "We know the issue of salmonella isn't specific to us," he said.

State health officials in Arizona and Michigan identified salmonella bacteria in unopened packages of Jennie-O ground turkey from the homes of two patients with salmonella illness. This bacteria was "closely related genetically" to the bacteria from the patients. "This result provides more evidence that people in this outbreak got sick from eating turkey," the CDC said.

Lykken said, "As always, turkey remains safe to consume when handled and prepared properly. Jennie-O has information available on its website with step-by-step instructions on how to safely prepare and enjoy turkey."

In the meantime, consumers should not eat any recalled products and should take steps to prevent salmonella illness. That includes washing hands and thoroughly cooking turkey to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, as measured by a food thermometer. Washing raw turkey is not recommended because it can spread germs. And pet owners should not feed raw food, including turkey, to pets -- the investigation for this outbreak identified three infected patients who live in homes where pets were fed raw turkey pet food.

Salmonella is to blame for 1 million cases of foodborne illness in the United States every year, according to the CDC.

Symptoms usually begin 12 to 72 hours after consuming the bacteria and can last four to seven days. They include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, according to the CDC. Most people recover on their own. Patients who experience severe diarrhea may require hospitalization. If severely ill patients are not treated, the illness can be deadly.


91,000 pounds of ground turkey recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

Less than a week away from Thanksgiving, Jennie-O has recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products due to a potential salmonella contamination, according to the USDA.

The raw products were produced on Sept. 11, 2018. The following products are subject to 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.

The current salmonella outbreak involves 164 patients in 35 states. The USDA says a patient with a sample of Jennie-O brand ground turkey tested positive for salmonella Reading and the sample from the turkey matches the outbreak strain.

Costumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. Those products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.