Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
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Just in time for Thanksgiving: 4 recalled turkey products to avoid

Just in time for Thanksgiving: 4 recalled turkey products to avoid

The news comes as Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products after the USDA linked a pack of raw ground turkey to the cause of a patient's salmonella poisoning.

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture knows more about the turkey products implicated in this outbreak than it is disclosing to the media or the American people", wrote Sarah Sorscher, CSPI's deputy director of regulatory affairs.

The products being recalled include one-pound packages of raw, ground turkey and were sold nationwide. "7% FAT" with "Use by" dates of 10/01/2018 and 10/02/2018. If so, the CDC says the products should be thrown away or returned tot he place of purchase. Federal investigators with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have yet to name the sources of the contamination. The salmonella strain has been found in raw-turkey pet food, raw-turkey products collected from people's homes and live turkeys from several states, indicating the bacteria is widespread in the industry.

With Thanksgiving approaching, the agency is reminding people that they should always properly handle and cook their turkeys to kill any possible salmonella.

This recall is the latest chapter in an ongoing hunt for the root of a salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey. 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.

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".

Assume your turkey has salmonella.

Symptoms can include fever, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite that start within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated product. No one should be eating partially cooked or raw turkey.

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