THURSDAY, Aug. 4 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. meat processor Cargill announced late Wednesday that it was commencing one of the largest meat recalls in history, involving about 36 million pounds of ground turkey linked to an outbreak of salmonella.
The move may help bring experts closer to the source of the outbreak, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says has killed one Californian and sickened at least 76 others across 26 states since March.
As reported by The New York Times, the recall was announced by Cargill Value Added Meats Retail, a unit of Cargill's meat subsidiary. The company said it would also suspend production at a plant in Springdale Ark., the suspected source of the tainted ground turkey.
"It is regrettable that people may have become ill from eating one of our ground turkey products and, for anyone who did, we are truly sorry," Steve Willardsen, president of Cargill's turkey processing business, said in a written statement, The Times reported.
Both the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the CDC said earlier this week that they had been investigating the origins of the outbreak.
According to the CDC, illnesses have popped up nationwide. The largest numbers of cases are clustered in Michigan and Ohio, with 10 cases each, while Texas had nine illnesses. Cases have also arisen in Illinois (seven), California (six) and Pennsylvania (five). Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin have also reported between one to three cases each.
One death, involving a case in Sacramento County, Calif., has been reported by state officials there, the Associated Press reported. The CDC says cases have been reported each month since March, with the latest reports happening in mid-July. The agenc
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