Check your fridge and freezer, because the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently announced a ground turkey recall for 164,210 pounds of Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, Inc. (Faribault, Minnesota) products. Representatives from Hormel did not immediately respond to Red Tricycle’s request for comment.
If you’re up on recent recall info, you may notice that this isn’t the first raw turkey of the year. According to the CDC, there were 216 reports of Salmonella infections linked to turkey products as of Dec. 19, 2018. Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales in Barron, Wisconsin recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products on Nov. 15. While the FSIS and CDC haven’t identified a single supplier, samples taking during the investigation led to the most recent recall.
Recalled Turkey Description
The recent (Dec. 21) recall includes raw ground turkey produced between Oct. 22 and Oct. 23. The products include:
- 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.
Why the Turkey Was Recalled
The current recall stems from a larger investigation by the FSIS and CDC, following a Salmonella outbreak. The outbreak includes a cluster of 216 Salmonella-related illnesses in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Keep in mind, this is the total for all illnesses related to the larger outbreak (including the Nov. 15 recall)—and not for the current (Dec. 21) recall alone.
Salmonella can cause a serious bacterial infection, resulting in abdominal cramping, diarrhea and fever. The illnesses typically begins within 12 to 72 hours of eating the contaminated item and may last anywhere from four to seven days. Healthy adults usually recover without treatment. But the elderly, very young and anyone with a compromised immune system may require hospitalization.
How to Tell If Your Turkey Was Part of the Recall
The FSIS maintains a full list of all ground turkey products that are part of the recall on their website. All products that are part of this recall have the establishment number “EST. P-579” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
What Parents Can Do
If you have one of the recalled products in your fridge or freezer do not eat it. Throw the turkey away or return it to the place of purchase. Direct questions or concerns to Hormel Consumer Engagement at 800-621-3505.
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