Jennie-O Recalling Ground Turkey Amid Widespread Salmonella Outbreak

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Jennie-O Recalling Ground Turkey Amid Widespread Salmonella Outbreak

The products included were produced on September 11, 2018 and shipped to retail locations nationwide. It has resulted in one death and 164 reported illnesses in 35 states.

The products also include the designation "P-190" inside the USDA mark of inspection, officials said.

They include 1-pound packages of lean turkey, taco-seasoned ground turkey and Italian-seasoned ground turkey with use-by dates of October 1-2.

Those "use by" dates may seem like awhile ago.

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.

While the recalled products have passed their "use by" dates, the concern is that you might still have some recalled turkey in your freezer.

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The slowly spreading outbreak hasn't been linked to any one supplier, but the CDC notes that this particular strain has already been found in live birds as well as turkey products and even pet food containing turkey.

The CDC said that if you plan to handle raw turkey, make sure you are extra careful: Wash your hands after touching it. Cook products thoroughly to avoid getting sick. FSIS continues to work with the CDC and state health departments on this investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

The following products are subject to recall.

Salmonella in food is estimated to be responsible for 1 million illnesses a year, with symptoms including vomiting and stomach cramps. 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. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. Regulators say the product should be thrown away.

However, Consumer Reports said it is not looking for people to go "cold turkey" on the popular Thanksgiving poultry so long as people are careful cooking and handling the turkeys.

Chill - Refrigerate food promptly.

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