There has finally been a ground turkey recall after 76 people fell ill and one person died from Salmonella poisoning. Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of ground poultry nationwide.
Unfortunately, the illnesses began in March and affected people in 26 states. It has taken an incredibly long time for this contamination to be tracked down and the turkey recall to begin, which likely caused more people to get sick. It is hard to believe that it took this many months to get everything figured out.
The ground turkey products affected are both fresh and frozen packages from Cargill. The products were produced at the Springdale, Ark., location, and the dates are February 20 through August 2 of 2011. The packages have the code Est. P-963.
Cargill president Steve Willardsen said, "Given our concern for what has happened, and our desire to do what is right for our consumers and customers, we are voluntarily removing our ground turkey products from the marketplace."
Samples of the ground turkey from four different places tested positive for Salmonella. However, the samples have not yet been linked to the illnesses, but Cargill has initiated the turkey recall anyway to be sure their customers are completely safe.
Unfortunately for those who have gotten ill from the contaminated poultry, the strains are antibiotic resistant, which makes it tough to treat patients with it. Have you gotten sick after eating ground turkey in the past several months? Do you have any of these products in your home?
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