USDA recalls 91000 pounds of raw ground turkey due to salmonella outbreak

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The CDC notes that a single, common supplier of live turkeys and raw turkey products has not been identified. Children under 5, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe illness from contaminated food that could lead to hospitalization.

So far, one patient death has been linked to the Jennie-O turkey.

The FSIS also reiterated that officials are working with state and federal health officials and reassured consumers that turkey products are safe.

Jennie-O is recalling 45 tons of raw turkey that may be tainted by salmonella.

The recalled products have "P-190" stamped inside the USDA mark of inspection.

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There are an estimated 1.2 million salmonella cases in the United States annually, and various foods are to blame for about 1 million of those illnesses, according to the CDC. "Most people get diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and a fever". With this strain of the bacterium resistant to some antibiotics, it may pose additional cause for concern. The patient tested positive for the disease, and investigators tested an unopened package and found a sample matched the outbreak strain.

In an open letter published Tuesday, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a Washington, D.C. -based food safety and nutrition watchdog, criticized the USDA for not being more forthcoming about the companies and brand names associated with the yearlong outbreak, including slaughterhouses and processing facilities.

Turkey is safe as long as it's cooked properly, but a number of these poisonings have come from cross-contamination, in which the raw turkey comes in contact with other foods, utensils or countertops.

The National Turkey Federation said its producers follow "comprehensive pathogen control programs" from the hatchery through processing that are created to reduce bacteria. Producers use food-grade rinses that kill or reduce the growth of bacteria, organic sprays to clean the turkeys and inhibit bacteria, and USDA inspectors are "continuously present" in every turkey facility to monitor food safety, the industry group said.

- We're just a few days away from Thanksgiving, but that turkey on your table might not be as appetizing for some next week. One child's infection resulted in a painful and serious bone infection, and the child was hospitalized, according to health department officials.

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