Before preparing your Thanksgiving feast, you might want to check that what you bought to feed your family doesn’t wind up making them sick. The US Department of Agriculture has ordered a recall of over 91,000 pounds of raw turkey because it has been linked to a deadly Salmonella outbreak. So far one person has died from the infection and hundreds more have been made ill.
Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC is the distributor of the turkey products involved in the recall but it is unclear as to the origins of the meat that is affected. So far, salmonella has been found in ground turkey, turkey patties, and live turkeys and pet food as well.
If you have consumed some of the products, you should watch out for the following symptoms: “Symptoms of salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea and stomach cramps, and they usually last four to seven days.
“Most people recover without treatment. In rare cases, the infection can cause death if a patient is not treated promptly with antibiotics. 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."
“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. Thaw turkeys in the refrigerator, not on the counter.”
If you follow these guidelines, you will reduce your family’s risk of contracting the dreaded illness. Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving to all!!