Jennie-O recalls more ground turkey due to potential salmonella contamination

Jennie-O recalls more ground turkey due to potential salmonella contamination

Jennie-O recalls more ground turkey due to potential salmonella contamination

The United States Department of Agriculture says the turkey was produced in late October with freeze-by dates as late as November 13.

The potentially contaminated turkey was shipped all over the country to many different retailers.

Customers who have purchased these products should throw them out or return them to their place of purchase, according to the USDA.

The Public Health Agency of Canada also reported on Friday 22 cases of salmonella linked to raw turkey and chicken, spanning four provinces. The recall effects 1- to 3-pound raw ground turkey packages.

They are marked with the establishment number "P-579" and sold in one, two-and-a-half and three-pound packages. "These products were not imported or distributed in the Canadian marketplace".

Patients who were interviewed by outbreak investigators reported buying a variety of different brands of raw turkey products from many different stores. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days.

The recall comes as the CDC reports 52 new cases of illness linked to an outbreak strain of Salmonella in various turkey products that include live turkeys and raw turkey pet food.

A single, common supplier of raw turkey products or of live turkeys has not been identified that could account for the whole outbreak. This bacteria was "closely related genetically" to the bacteria from the patients.

The CDC estimates salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses a year. Most people recover within a week. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

Anyone can become sick from salmonella bacteria, but young children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of serious illness. When available, the retail distribution list (s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Lykken said, "As always, turkey remains safe to consume when handled and prepared properly".

Separate - Separate raw meat, poultry and fish from other foods.

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