Jennie-O recalls more than 164,000 pounds of ground turkey

Nearly 165,000 Pounds of Raw Ground Turkey Products Recalled

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Friday that manufacturer Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, Inc. had recalled around 164,210 pounds of products containing raw, ground turkey. They include 3-, 1- and 2.5-pound packages of ground turkey, taco-seasoned ground turkey, Stater Bros. ground turkey and Italian-seasoned ground turkey. 85% lean Ground Turkey with a use by or freeze by date of 11/12/18. "7% Fat" with a "Use or freeze by" dates of November 12 on the side of the trays. "15% FAT" with a "Use or freeze by" date of 11/13/18 on the side of the trays.

The USDA says the recall was part of an investigation into a November salmonella outbreak that involved 216 patients in 38 states. One death from California was reported, while 84 people were hospitalized, the CDC said.

Health investigators have identified the outbreak strain of salmonella in samples of raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products and live turkeys, the CDC said.

The recalled products all bear "EST". They urged consumers to throw away or return any potentially contaminated products. "P-579" printed inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the side of the package trays.

A patient in MI tested positive for salmonella after consuming some of the affected ground turkey. This bacteria was "closely related genetically" to the bacteria from the patients. Many individuals who got sick noted eating different types of chicken and turkey before their illness occurred.

In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada said Friday there have been 22 cases of illness in four provinces.

The CDC has issued a few tips on avoiding foodborne illness during the recall. Those most at risk to Salmonella are infants, the elderly, children and people with weak immune systems.

Symptoms, which typically appear 12 to 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria, include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Most people recover on their own. For those that are going to continue eating turkey, the center advises people to "cook raw turkey thoroughly to kill harmful germs".

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