Turkey Salmonella Lawyers Update: Raw turkey contamination continues to sicken consumers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an update on February 15, 2019, listing additional illnesses attributed to raw turkey consumption throughout the US. Since the CDC’s last update in December 2018, an additional 63 people have been sickened by contaminated turkey products. The count of illnesses related to salmonella in raw turkey is now at 279, with 107 hospitalizations and 1 death.
The salmonella strain found in the raw turkey has been found to be multidrug-resistant. In addition to the CDC, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) is also monitoring the outbreak that began in November 2017. States hardest hit by the outbreak include California, where the death occurred, as well as Minnesota, Illinois, New York, and Texas.
Turkey Salmonella Lawyers: Who Pervasive is the Outbreak?
To date, illnesses have been reported in: Alabama (4), Alaska (2), Arizona (4), Arkansas (1), California (26), Colorado (6), Connecticut (4), Delaware (1), District of Columbia (4), Florida (12), Georgia (2), Hawaii (2), Idaho (4), Iowa (4), Illinois (23), Indiana (7), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Maryland (7), Massachusetts (7), Michigan (9), Minnesota (20), Missouri (4), Nebraska (1), Nevada (1), New Jersey (11), New Mexico (2), New York (20), North Carolina (9), North Dakota (2), Ohio (8), Oklahoma (6), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (13), South Carolina (1), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (2), Texas (22), Utah (1), Virginia (11), Washington (2), and Wisconsin (7).
Recalls of raw turkey products potentially contaminated with salmonella include both human food and pet food. In January 2019, Woody’s Pet Food Deli in Minnesota recalled its raw turkey pet food labeled “Woody’s Pet Food Deli Raw Free Range Turkey” and sold in Minnesota. In December 2018, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, in Faribault, Minnesota recalled approximately 164,210 pounds of raw ground turkey products. The recalled ground turkey was sold in 1-pound, 2.5-pound and 3-pound packages labeled with establishment number “P-579”.
Note from the Turkey Salmonella Lawyers:
“A big concern in the Turkey Salmonella Outbreak is that freezing does not kill Salmonella. Many people buy turkey and put it in the freezer. Even if it is in the freezer for months, after thawing, the salmonella is a deadly as it ever was. It will begin to spread quickly once the meat reaches temperatures from 40 degrees to the kill-range of 165 degrees. Cross contamination while preparing the frozen turkey is often the culprit.”
Jennie-O also recalled turkey products just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday last year. On November 15, 2018, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, in Barron, Wisconsin recalled approximately 147,276 pounds of raw ground turkey products. The recalled ground turkey was sold in one-pound packages labeled with establishment number “P-190”. Earlier in the year, in February 2018, Raws for Paws of Minneapolis, MN recalled approximately 4,000 pounds of its 5 pounds and 1 pound chubs of Ground Turkey Pet Food.
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