USDA announces recall of raw turkey products connected to salmonella outbreak


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.

This combination of images provided by Hormel on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, shows packaging for four types of Jennie-O ground raw turkey with a P190 designation, which have been recalled due to concerns over salmonella.

The turkey products were shipped nationwide.

The government says they're investigating an illness cluster involving 164 case patients in 35 different states.

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

Health officials say the investigation has been complex because the strain has been identified in a wide range of products, and investigators have been interviewing sick people to trace it back to a single source.

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The following products are subject to recall. "7% FAT" with "Use by" dates of 10/01/2018 and 10/02/2018.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, another turkey recall has been announced. They all have use by dates of October 1, 2018, or October 2, 2018. "15% FAT" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018. Children under 5, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe illness from contaminated food that could lead to hospitalization. "If we had specific products that we could alert consumers to with a Public Health Alert, we would issue one". Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. People should discard the product or return it to the place of purchase.

"Providing this information would allow some consumers to avoid turkey products more likely to be contaminated with risky salmonella", said the Safe Food Coalition, which includes several consumer groups including Consumer Reports and the Consumer Federation of America.

However, Consumer Reports said it is not looking for people to go "cold turkey" on the popular Thanksgiving poultry so long as people are careful cooking and handling the turkeys.

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