Published: Sat, November 17, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Thanksgiving Warning: USDA Urged to Name Turkey Brands Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Thanksgiving Warning: USDA Urged to Name Turkey Brands Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

The products being recalled include one-pound packages of raw, ground turkey and were sold nationwide.

There are an estimated 1.2 million salmonella cases in the United States annually, and various foods are to blame for about 1 million of those illnesses, according to the CDC.

Before Thanksgiving meal preparation gets under way, it can't hurt to brush up on proper raw turkey handling techniques. But while you're making plans to whip up the most impressive turkey dish you can muster, remember that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still working on a almost year-long investigation into a turkey salmonella outbreak that has already claimed at least one life and left over 150 sick.

The first illnesses related to the strain began in November of previous year, according to a CDC investigation.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first announced an outbreak linked to raw turkey products in July, announcing earlier this week that the outbreak had since affected people from 35 different states including New York, Texas, California, Illinois, and Minnesota, with a total of 164 reported cases of infection, including 63 hospitalizations and one death. "15% FAT" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018. FSIS is continuing to investigate illnesses associated with this widespread outbreak, and additional product from other companies may also be recalled. The packages in question have use-by dates of October 1, 2018 or October 2, 2018 and show the code "P-190" inside the USDA inspection mark. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

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"This is one of these outbreaks that is so troubling to me, because I don't have good advice", said Minneapolis Attorney Ryan Osterholm.

Vulnerable populations include those under 5 and over 65 years of age and people with weakened immune systems, however, "most people recover without treatment".

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the CDC, and the Arizona Department of Health Services have been tracing the Jennie-O contamination backward from a single unopened package from a consumer's home. Symptoms could take 12 to 72 hours to develop after exposure and illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days.

Thaw turkeys in the refrigerator, not on the counter.

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