Published: Mon, November 19, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Jennie-O turkey products recalled for possible salmonella outbreak

Jennie-O turkey products recalled for possible salmonella outbreak

This combination of images provided by Hormel on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, shows packaging for four types of Jennie-O ground raw turkey with a P190 designation, which have been recalled due to concerns over salmonella.

And consumers with Jennie-O Ground Turkey 93% Lean, Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey, Ground Turkey 85% Lean and Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey in their freezers should toss them out or return them to the store for a full refund.

The recalled turkey products were shipped nationwide and produced on September 11.

The salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products began in November 2017 and there have been 164 cases of illness in 35 states.

Since July 19, when the investigation was last updated, 74 more people from 26 states were added to the investigation, the CDC website notes.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the USDA is raising the alarm about raw turkey.

The CDC says signs of illness from salmonella can include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase, according to the USDA news release. More than 60 people have been hospitalized, and there has been one death attributed to the outbreak. "If we had specific products that we could alert consumers to with a Public Health Alert, we would issue one". Though most of the people respond to the treatment, the ailment remains in the body for 4 to 7 days.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk could suffer a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the tortilla chips, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. It has been suggested cooking the food items thoroughly at a high temperature.

Wash your hands with warm water and soap before and after handling raw meat. Salmonella is prevalent and can be present in raw meat and poultry and in live poultry - no raw meat or poultry is sterile. The agency makes millions of data points available every year, and every month is adding additional reports related to sampling results and individual establishment food safety results - all in an effort to satisfy stakeholder appetite for a more accessible regulatory agency. In rare cases, the infection can cause death if a patient is not treated promptly with antibiotics.

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