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Jennie-O recalls more than 164K pounds of raw ground turkey due to possible salmonella contamination

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, Inc., a Faribault, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 164,210 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Reading, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday.

The recall was announced as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 52 new cases of illness associated with the outbreak.
This investigation is part of a larger effort involving FSIS, the CDC, and state public health and agriculture partners, who have been working together on an illness cluster involving 216 case-patients in 38 states and the District of Columbia. There have been 9 people infected by the outbreak in New Jersey. Eighty-four people have been hospitalized and one death has been reported.

The raw ground turkey
items were produced on October 22, 2018 and October 23, 2018. The following
products are subject to recall:  [View Labels (PDF only)] 

  • 3-lb. packages of
    “Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 93% LEAN | 7% FAT” with “Use or freeze by” dates of
    11/12/18 and 11/13/18 on the side of the trays.
  • 1-lb. packages of
    “Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 93% LEAN | 7% FAT” with “Use or freeze by” dates of
    11/12/18 on the side of the trays.
  • 1-lb. packages of
    “Jennie-O TACO SEASONED GROUND TURKEY” with “Use or freeze by” dates of
    11/12/18 on the side of the trays.
  • 1-lb. packages of
    “Jennie-O ITALIAN SEASONED GROUND TURKEY” with “Use or freeze by” dates of
    11/12/18 on the side of the trays.
  • 3-lb. packages of
    “Jennie-O Ground Turkey 85% LEAN | 15% FAT” with a “Use or freeze by” date of
    11/13/18 on the side of the trays.
  • 2.5-lb. packages of
    “Jennie-O Ground Turkey 93% LEAN | 7% FAT” with a “Use or freeze by” date of
    11/13/18 on the side of the trays. 
  • 3-lb. packages of
    “STATER BROS. 85% LEAN | 15% FAT ALL NATURAL Ground Turkey” with a “Use or
    freeze by” date of 11/12/18 on the side of the trays.

The products subject
to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-579” inside the USDA mark of
inspection or on the side of the tray. These items were shipped to retail
locations nationwide.

FSIS and its public
health partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Michigan
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, have been conducting traceback
activities for a sample of Jennie-O brand ground turkey in an intact, unopened
package from a case-patient’s home. The patient tested positive for Salmonella Reading
and the samples from the case-patient and from the ground turkey are closely
related genetically. 

Patients have reported eating different types and brands of turkey products purchased from many different stores, handling raw turkey pet food and/or raw turkey, or working with live turkeys or living with someone who handled live turkeys. FSIS continues to work with the CDC and state health and agriculture departments on this larger investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available. Based on the continuing investigation, additional product from other companies may also be recalled.

Consumption of food
contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of
the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of
salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours
after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days.
Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea
may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults,
infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a
severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their
health care provider.

FSIS is concerned that
some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have
purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should
be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

FSIS advises all
consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and
frozen, and only consume raw poultry product that has been cooked to a
temperature of 165°F. Safe steps in food handling, cooking, and storage are
essential in preventing foodborne illness. You can’t see, smell, or taste
harmful bacteria that may cause illness. In every step of food preparation,
follow the four guidelines to keep food safe:

  • Clean—Wash hands and
    surfaces often.
  • Separate—Separate raw
    meat from other foods.
  • Cook—Cook to the right
    temperature.
  • Chill—Refrigerate food
    promptly.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Hormel Consumer Engagement, at (800) 621-3505. Media with questions regarding the recall can contact Media Relations at, media@hormel.com or (507) 434 6352. Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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(Photo: Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service)