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Jennie-O ground turkey products recalled for salmonella concern

16 November 2018

The raw ground turkey products items were produced on September 11, 2018.

The recall affects four different types of Jennie-O turkey: Taco Seasoned, Italian Seasoned, 85% Lean, and 93% Lean.

While the recalled products have passed their "use by" dates, the concern is that you might still have some recalled turkey in your freezer.

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".

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With Thanksgiving just a week away, a leading consumer watchdog is warning the public that they have no way of knowing if their turkey might be infected with salmonella.

Kroger and Meijer stores sell Jennie-O turkey.

The latest outbreak of salmonella poisoning began in November 2017.

The strain is present in live turkeys as well as numerous raw turkey products, including food for humans and pets, which the CDC notes could mean the strain is widespread throughout the entire turkey industry.

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"FSIS, the CDC, and state public health and agriculture partners, have been working together on an illness cluster involving 164 case-patients in 35 states", the recall stated. One person in California has died, and 63 people have been hospitalized.

Sharing the brands and products would allow consumers to better protect themselves, Consumer Reports says.

Salmonella in food is estimated to be responsible for 1 million illnesses a year, with symptoms including vomiting and stomach cramps.

Antibiotics may be used to treat more serious infections. The strain in those samples is closely related to the strain found in sick people, providing more evidence that people were sickened from preparing raw turkey products, according to the CDC. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

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Lab tests show that the salmonella came from a variety of products, including ground turkey and turkey patties. No one should be eating partially cooked or raw turkey.

Jennie-O ground turkey products recalled for salmonella concern