Salmonella Outbreak: Public Health Alert Issued for Ground Turkey
Stop and check your freezers! For consumers who regularly buy ground turkey meat, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a public health alert for 211,406 pounds of ground turkey meat. SELF reports that this alert comes after a multi-state salmonella outbreak, and officials have concluded that the ground turkey is the possible culprit.
According to Thrillist, the ground turkey was produced between December 18 to 29, 2020. A recall of the contaminated products was not suggested as they are no longer available for purchase. However, consumers who have purchased this product should throw it away or return them to the store where it was purchased, where it should be destroyed immediately.
Products Under Public Health Alert
As seen on USDA's Food Safety and Inspection (FSIS) health alert, these are the following ground turkey products that were distributed nationwide. If you still have them in your freezer, throw them out or return them.
Nature's Promise Free from 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey 1-lb. packages with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/1/21, 1/3/21,1/4/21, 1/8/21, and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
Wegman 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey 1-lb. packages with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/3/21, 1/4/21, 1/8/21, and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
Wegman 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey 3-lb. packages with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/3/21, 1/4/21, 1/8/21, and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
Plainville Farms Ground White Turkey 93% | 7% Fat 1-lb. packages with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
You'll find an establishment number inside the USDA inspection mark, and it will be EST. P-244.
Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Investigation
At present, there are 28 cases of Salmonella Hadar in 12 states that are being investigated by the FSIS, the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and public health and regulatory officials. The onset dates range from December 28, 2020 to March 4, 2021. One patient consumed ground turkey from Plainville Brands, LLC and an unopened package of the Plainville Brands' ground turkey from the patient's home tested positive for Salmonella Hadar. However, not all the Salmonella Hadar cases are connected to this one brand. The investigation is ongoing.
Consumers who have already consumed the ground turkey from the brands mentioned above should look out for symptoms of salmonellosis. The most common symptoms are abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever after six hours to six days after consumption of the contaminated product. Most people recover without treatment after four to seven days. SELF adds that salmonella infections are common and rarely serious. However, infants, the elderly, and immunocompromised persons may develop a more severe illness. Contact your doctor if you show signs of salmonellosis for proper advice and medication.
The FSIS encourages people with questions about this public health alert to contact Yusef Robb at (323)384-1789 or by email at yusef@tkCommunicationsLLC.com. For any food safety concerns that consumers have about meat and other animal products, feel free to call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854). There's also a live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.