Jennie-O Turkey Products Recalled

Salmonella in turkey

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the CDC is warning of a deadly turkey salmonella outbreak

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.

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

Back in 2011, a different genre of the bacterium was found in ground turkey, which had sickened 129 people and killed 1. However, it would be grossly irresponsible and reckless to associate producers with an outbreak investigation, when a link from an establishment to an illness has not been made. There's Salmonella in turkey.

Salmonella in turkey

The outbreak started in November 2017.

So far, one patient death has been linked to the Jennie-O turkey. Among the lot, 63 people were hospitalized to control the severity of the health condition. "Most people get diarrhea, abdominal cramps and a fever". Minnesota has the most cases at 16.

The specific strain is known as Salmonella Reading, and it was detected in multiple places, in a number of products.


Salmonella has been detected in a range of products, including ground turkey and turkey patties, as well as in live turkeys and pet food, CNN reported. The CDC has not identified one common supplier as the source, so it may be "it might be widespread in the turkey industry". The investigation is ongoing.

"Clean: Wash your hands and surfaces often".

Officials said people should consume poultry products only if they have been cooked to a temperature of at least 165 degrees. In addition, always thaw the meat in the refrigerator, not on a counter, to avoid cross-contamination. But most of the commonly used antibiotics should be effective, and CDC's advice to clinicians is the same for this outbreak.


According to the federation, almost 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the federation eat turkey at Thanksgiving.

Consumer Reports is calling on the USDA to release details on what products the public should be concerned about. "This information could save lives and help ensure consumers take the precautions needed to prevent anyone in their home from getting sick". Therefore, CDC has issued an alert to the families that are planning to arrange a dinner party with turkey as the hero dish. It suggests the outbreak shouldn't be a concern during Thanksgiving as long as you remember safe cooking practices.

Officials say the products were shipped to retailers nationwide.


Separate: Separate raw meat from other foods. Consumers who may have the recalled product in their freezer are urged not to eat it.

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