The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service recently announced a Butterball turkey recall. More than 78,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products were recalled for possible Salmonella Schwarzengrund contamination.

Following a two-state, five-patient outbreak of Salmonella Schwarzengrund illnesses, the FSIS, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture determined that the now-recalled turkey was potentially at fault. Of the recall, Butterball spokesperson Christa Leupen said, “I do want to reiterate that because these products were packaged nine months ago, it is highly unlikely any of the product will be found in retail stores, but it is possible that consumers may have product in their freezers.”

Read on to learn more about the recall and what you can do about it.

Recalled Butterball Turkey Description

The recent recall is for Butterball raw ground turkey produced on Jul. 7, 2018. This includes Butterball, Kroger and Food Lion brands. For a full list of affected products, visit the FSIS website here.

Why the Turkey Was Recalled

The FSIS issued the recall out of a Salmonella Schwarzengrund contamination concern. This bacteria can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever for anywhere from four to seven days. Most Salmonella illnesses start within 12 to 72 hours after eating the item. Older adults and infants are particularly at risk for severe illness or complications from this infection.

How to Tell If Your Turkey Was Recalled

For a full list of recalled turkey products, UPC codes, lot codes and sell by dates, visit the FSIS’s website. All affected products bear the establishment number “EST. P-7345” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

What Parents Can Do

Do not eat the turkey. Throw it out or bring it back to the place of purchase. Along with checking your fridge, make sure the product isn’t in your freezer. For additional questions, contact Butterball at 800-288-8372.

—Erica Loop

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