Despite the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, the United States Department of Agriculture has issued a recall on turkey products due to a possible salmonella outbreak.
Jennie-O Turkey is recalling over 91,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products due to an illness outbreak. The raw ground turkey products were produced on September 11, 2018 according to the federal recall.
Among the products being recalled are:
- 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 CDC said in a report that it has been working on an illness cluster involving 164 case-patients in 35 states since November 2018. So far, there have been 63 hospitalizations and one death.
Symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. According to the USDA recall alert, the illness lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment.
As a warning, if you plan to handle raw turkey here are guidelines to keep food safe:
- Clean—Wash hands and surfaces often
- Separate—Separate raw meat from other foods
- Cook—Cook to the right temperature
- Chill—Refrigerate food promptly
Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Jennie-O Consumer Engagement Team at 1-800-621-3505, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Central Time Monday – Friday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central Time Saturday and Sunday.