Jennie-O has recalled more than 90,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products for fears it could be contaminated with salmonella. "The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading is present in live turkeys and in many types of raw turkey products, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry".
"Jennie-O Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018. It's the first brand to be named in the yearlong outbreak investigation that has sickened more than 160 people in 35 states.
There has only been one case of salmonella linked to Jennie-O turkey. The company has provided detailed instructions on identifying and returning recalled products. "7% FAT" with "Use by" dates of 10/01/2018 and 10/02/2018.
With Thanksgiving approaching, the agency is reminding people that they should always properly handle and cook their turkeys to kill any possible salmonella.
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Experts urge consumers to practice good food safety when handling raw turkey in the kitchen this holiday season. Salmonella in food is estimated to be responsible for 1 million illnesses a year, with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. They had a use-by date of October 1 or 2, but could still be in freezers. "15% FAT" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018. Illness typically lasts four to seven days. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. "If we had specific products that we could alert consumers to with a Public Health Alert, we would issue one". The products made that day have already shipped.
It is advised that anyone who purchased these products to throw them out and not eat them. Most stores have disposable meat, pork or poultry thermometers.
"The USDA should immediately make public which turkey producers, suppliers, and brands are involved in this outbreak - especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner", Jean Halloran, director of Food Policy Initiatives for Consumer Reports, said in a statement. The guidelines include thawing frozen turkey on a plate separate from other foods in order to catch any liquid and contain any potential cross-contamination.