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Cargill Begins Massive Recall of Turkey Linked to Salmonella Outbreak
Date:8/4/2011

y says that more recent cases may not yet have been reported.

According to the agency, cultures taken from four samples of ground turkey obtained from retail outlets between March 7 and June 27 were contaminated with the same strain of salmonella, but that strain has not been definitely linked to the illnesses reported.

Salmonella is a very common pathogen on poultry, and USDA rules restrict the recall of salmonella-tainted poultry until a definite link to illness has been established.

According to The Times, one industry trade journal, WATT Poultry USA, ranks Cargill Value Added Meats as the third biggest processor of turkey in the United States.

Even before the source of the outbreak had been determined, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) had issued an alert July 29 that "reminds consumers of the critical importance of following package cooking instructions for frozen or fresh ground turkey products and general food safety guidelines when handling and preparing any raw meat or poultry."

According to the USDA, the Salmonella bacterium can cause salmonellosis, which "can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy." Symptoms typically arise within eight to 72 hours and can include fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Chills, headache, nausea and vomiting can also occur and symptoms can last up to a week.






How to Prevent Salmonella Illness From Meat:






The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service offers up these tips to consumers:

    



  • Wash hands with warm water for at least 20 seconds before touching raw meat or poultry, and wash all utensils, dishes and cutting boards with hot soapy w
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