Investigation shows outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to raw turkey and chicken

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Health investigators have identified the outbreak strain of salmonella in samples of raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products and live turkeys, the CDC said.

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales Inc.is recalling about 164,210 pounds of raw ground turkey products due to the possibility of salmonella contamination, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday.

Based on the continuing investigation, additional product from other companies may also be recalled.

The products were made between October 22, 2018 and October 23, 2018, the agency stated. The recalled turkey was shipped to retail locations nationwide. Big signs to look out for are "freeze by" dates of November 12 or November 13, as well as the establishment number "EST". "P-579" inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the side of the tray".

In the meantime, consumers should not eat any recalled products and should take steps to prevent salmonella illness.

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One person in California died from the illness, and 84 others have been hospitalized, according to the CDC.

Consumers with these products in their freezer should toss them out or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

This investigation is part of a larger effort involving FSIS, the CDC, and state public health and agriculture partners.

Announcing this recall on the Friday evening four days before Christmas recalls the way the pre-Thanksgiving recall got expanded from 91,388 pounds to 147,276, but the USDA didn't put an "Editor's Note" on the recall notice pointing this out until the night before Thanksgiving.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Most people recover without treatment. Illnesses are more likely to be severe in the elderly and infants, according to the CDC. The CDC advises that consumers wash their hands before and after handling raw turkey products and to make sure turkey is cooked thoroughly to kill any germs.

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