On Thursday, the United States Department of Agriculture said it was issuing a recall for more than 91,000 pounds of raw meat products.
The recall comes just days before Thanksgiving and one day after Consumer Reports asked the agency to disclose all the companies that have been linked to a recent salmonella outbreak which has sickened more than 160 people in 35 states and at least one person has died.
Barron, Wisconsin-based Jennie-O Turkey Stores Sales, LLC recalled approximately 91,388 pounds of its raw ground turkey products. According to "Food Safety News," the recall may be associated with the recent salmonella outbreak. The USDA did not say that it was linked to the deaths or illnesses, but it may be linked to the outbreak.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said that they are “continuing to investigate illnesses associated with this widespread outbreak, and additional product from other companies may also be recalled.”
1-pound packages of Jennie-O:
-Ground Turkey 93% Lean;
-Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey;
-Ground Turkey 85% Lean; and,
-Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey.
The "Use By" date was October 2 (and for the 93% Lean product it was October 1).
Federal regulators have not disclosed which brands of turkeys are most affected by the salmonella outbreak. The FSIS said in a statement Thursday that they have not determined the source of the outbreak, hence, why they have not disclosed the specific brands.
“Like any investigation, we are chasing down leads and looking for evidence,” the FSIS said. “If FSIS had the ability to identify the source of this salmonella strain, then the agency would immediately recall the items.”
The states most affected by the outbreak include Minnesota (17 people ill); Illinois (16); California (13); New York (12); Texas (11), according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Be sure to stay up to date on this matter going into the holiday season!