Does Your Turkey Have Salmonella? Assume It Does

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 16, 2018

There's been one reported death, in California, linked to tainted turkey.

Sharing the brands and products would allow consumers to better protect themselves, Consumer Reports says.

Salmonella has been detected in ground turkey, raw turkey pet food and live turkeys, an indication the bacteria is widespread in the turkey industry. "This information could save lives and help ensure consumers take the precautions needed to prevent anyone in their home from getting sick".

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) responded Thursday, stating that the agency had not identified the source of the outbreak and criticized the organizations calling for the agency to name turkey suppliers without hard evidence of a link to the illness. So far, federal health officials have not named any companies or ordered a recall.

Just a week before Thanksgiving, concerns are rising over an ongoing outbreak of salmonella linked to raw turkeys. About half of those sickened had to be hospitalized.

Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include fever, diarrhea, and stomach aches which develop 12 to 72 hours after coming into contact with the bacterial strain. 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 latest outbreak of salmonella poisoning began in November 2017. Minnesota has the most cases at 16.

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