Salmonella contamination in turkey is widespread and unidentified

18 November, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Teresa Adams
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Without a source or supplier of the product or products that are making people sick, officials say the best advice for consumers is to handle raw turkey carefully - including washing their hands, cutting boards and other utensils after touching raw turkey - and to cook it thoroughly to prevent illness.

"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", the CDC says in its update. 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. Due to this investigation, additional products may also be recalled.

The one-pound packages of ground turkey affected include two varieties of plain ground turkey, 85 percent lean and 93 percent lean, as well as packages labeled either taco or Italian seasoned.

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Those "use by" dates may seem like awhile ago. They are investigating 164 case-patients across 35 states.

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

The first brand name involved in the massive salmonella outbreak in raw turkey has been revealed. People should discard the product or return it to the place of purchase. "If we had specific products that we could alert consumers with a Public Health Alert, we would issue one".

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Until the contaminated brands of turkey have been identified - or in the longer term, the Food and Drug Administration takes action to protect the public's health by stopping unnecessary use of antibiotics in farm animals - here's how to reduce your risk of infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days and most people recover without treatment.

CSPI directed consumers to the federal food safety guidelines for handling raw poultry, which includes common sense guidelines to follow, outbreak or not, especially around the holidays.

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