Published: Mon, November 19, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

USDA FSIS Statement on Current Salmonella Turkey Outbreak

USDA FSIS Statement on Current Salmonella Turkey Outbreak

1-pound packages of "Jennie-O TACO SEASONED GROUND TURKEY" with a "Use by" date of October 2, 2018.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service just issued a nationwide recall of turkey products linked to a salmonella outbreak. When we asked the CDC when consumers should expect to hear more information regarding specific products link to this Salmonella outbreak, the agency would not comment. And this particular outbreak has been under investigation since November 2017, when the CDC first reported cases.

Lab tests show that the salmonella came from a variety of products, including ground turkey and turkey patties. The patients have reported eating different types and brands of turkey products purchased from many different stores, handling raw turkey pet food and/or raw turkey, or working with live turkeys or living with someone who handled live turkeys. The outbreak, which began around November 20th of a year ago, has sent at least 63 people to the hospital and claimed at least one life.

"FSIS continues to work with the CDC and state health departments on this investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available".

Jennie-O Turkey Store president, Steve Lykken, said in a statement that the company was told by government agencies the strain was found in 29 different manufacturing plants used by 19 different companies. "Three ill people lived in households where raw turkey pet food was fed to pets".

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Salmonella is a bacteria which causes an infection called salmonellosis, and can lead to symptoms including headaches, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting.

"If FSIS had the ability to identify the source of this Salmonella strain, then the agency would immediately recall the items", the agency stated.

One concern is that consumers may have contaminated products in their freezers. Though most of the people respond to the treatment, the ailment remains in the body for 4 to 7 days.

Ahead of Thanksgiving, and any other night you're planning on cooking a turkey, do not forget to thoroughly wash your hands. Wash your hands after touching it, thaw turkeys in the refrigerator instead of on the counter, and cook turkey products thoroughly.

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