Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Ground Turkey

The latest incident of food contamination has been linked to ground turkey.

To date, over 35 million pounds of ground turkey have been recalled and 107 people have contracted Salmonella, up from 78 cases last week. Over 31 states have been affected, with Texas reporting the highest number of cases.

The tainted ground turkey has been traced back to Cargill, one of the largest meat companies in the United States. The full list of recalled products in pdf form can be found at the following link: http://stage1.order.cargill.com/na3047772.pdf.

Salmonella symptoms include fever, cramps and diarrhea that can last up to seven days. People with compromised immune systems, the elderly and the very young are at the most risk of becoming seriously ill. This particular Salmonella outbreak appears to be more severe than recent outbreaks due to the specific strain of Salmonella found in the tainted meat. The Heidelberg strain is reported to be resistant to some forms of antibiotics usually used in treatment and has resulted in more cases of patients requiring hospitalization than other commonly contracted strains.

The CDC has advised that to safely prepare poultry, the internal temperature of the meat must reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The Cargill meat recall is the third largest meat recall in US history.

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