Raw ground turkey behind Salmonella outbreak—CDC

A twelve-state outbreak of Salmonella infections has been linked to raw ground turkey meat, according to a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigation report released today (April 12, 2021).

Scope of the outbreak

At least twenty-eight (28) cases of Salmonella Hadar with symptom onset dates between December 28, 2020, to March 4, 2021 were reported in the following states:

  • Arizona (1)
  • Connecticut (1)
  • Indiana (1)
  • Maine (1)
  • Massachusetts (7)
  • Missouri (1)
  • New Hampshire (1)
  • New Jersey (2)
  • New York (4)
  • North Carolina (3)
  • Pennsylvania (4)
  • Virginia (2)

Although two of the outbreak victims were hospitalized, there have been no deaths.

Epidemiological, laboratory and traceback data have linked the cases to raw, ground turkey products that were produced on December 18, 2020 through December 29, 2020.

Public Health Alert

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a Public Health Alert for approximately 211,406 pounds of raw ground turkey products, produced by Plainville Brands, LLC (Pennsylvania) after the outbreak strain was recovered from an intact package of Plainville Brands’ ground turkey.

The alert encompasses the following items, all of which bear the establishment number EST. P-244 inside the USDA mark of inspection:

  • 1-lb. packages of Nature’s Promise Free from 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey 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.
  • 1-lb. packages of Wegman 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey 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.
  • 3-lb. packages of Wegman 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey 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.
  • 1-lb. packages of Plainville Farms Ground White Turkey 93% | 7% Fat with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/10/21 on the front of the package.

All of the suspect packages have passed their Use by/freeze/sell by dates, and are believed to no longer be available for purchase. However, consumers may still have some of the implicated packages in their home freezers.

Not all of the outbreak cases have shown a direct link to raw ground turkey products from Plainville Brands. FSIS warns consumers that other raw ground turkey products may also be a source of some illnesses. It is possible that more recalls and/or public health alerts may follow.

What consumers need to know

  • Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, beginning six hours to six days after being exposed. Most infected individuals recover without treatment in a week or less; however some people may experience more severe illnesses and may require medical treatment or hospitalization.
  • Consumers should check their freezers and discard any of the products listed in the FSIS Public Health Alert, and disinfect any surfaces with which these products may have come into contact.
  • Food handlers, whether in the home or in a commercial establishment, should take extreme care when preparing and cooking any raw ground poultry meat, including raw ground turkey, as these products carry a high risk of being contaminated with Salmonella.

Plainville’s response

Plainville issued the following statement in response to the FSIS Public Health Alert:

As a proud provider of natural and certified organic foods, the

health and safety of our customers is essential to who we are as a

company. We are providing any assistance requested by health and

safety officials. We are proud of our health and safety record and

protocols, and are honored that generations of families have trusted

Plainville and welcomed us into their homes.”

Tom Donovan, Vice President of Plainville Brands, LLC

Recalls and Alerts: April 8–10, 2021

Here is today’s list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. The live links will take you directly to the official recall notices and company news releases that contain detailed information for each recall and alert.

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United States

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION/PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: FSIS/USDA issues a public health alert for approximately 211,406 pounds of raw ground turkey products, produced by Plainville Brands, LLC, a Pennsylvania establishment, due to concerns the products may have caused Salmonella Hadar illness. The products are though to be a source of a multistate outbreak of 28 Salmonella Hadar illnesses in 12 states with onset dates ranging from December 28, 2020 through March 4, 2021. Evidence collected to date does not link all illnesses to this establishment. Based on the continuing investigation, additional product from other establishments may be involved. 

Pet Food Safety Recall: The J.M. Smucker Co. recalls Meow Mix® Original Choice Dry Cat Food (30-lb bag; UPC 2927452099 Lot codes 1081804 & 1082804; Best if used by 9/14/2022 & 9/15/2022, respectively) due to potential Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were sold at select Walmart stores in IL, MO, NE, NM, OK, UT, WI and WY. 

Canada

Allergy Alert Update: Federated Co-operatives Ltd. recalls Co-op Gold Pure brand Almond Butter – Crunchy Roasted (500g; UPC 0 57316 16814 6; All codes where cashew and hazelnut are not declared on the label) due to undeclared cashew and hazelnut.

Allergy Alert: Goodfood Market Corp. recalls Goodfood brand Chicken & Parm Grain Bowl with Mixed Salad (515g; Code 400146; Best before 2021 MR 25, 2021 MR 26 & 2021 MR 27) due to undeclared sesame seeds.

Food Safety Recall Update: Tun Hau Enterprises (Canada) Ltd. recalls Double Happiness brand “Dried Almond” (200g; UPC 6 264300 001608; Best before 30/12/2020) due to potential for cyanide poisoning.

Europe

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION (DENMARK): The Statens Serum Institut, the Danish Medicines Agency, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the DTU Food Institute are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella infections that has affected a total of 25 people aged 2-92. The outbreak strain has been found in samples of HUSK Psyllium seed husks capsules. Please see recall information below.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Biogreenz recalls multiple Biogreenz brand dessert products due to undeclared soy. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Het Schietveld recalls Het Schietveld brand Sergeant / Kolonel beers due to undeclared barley gluten. Please refer to the recall notice for a list of affected batches.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Belcydonia recalls La Jolie brand Confiture Framboises – chocolat blanc / Raspberry & white chocolate jam (215g; All lots) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Tesco Tzatziki (200g; Use by 12/04/21) contains undeclared egg, which may make the batch unsafe for consumers who are allergic to or intolerant of egg.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Albert Heijn recalls VEGETARISCHE SLAGER / Unilever brand vegetarische mc² burger / Veggie burger (160g; Best before 21-04-2021 to 30-04-2021, inclusive) due to possible foreign matter (pieces of plastic) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Jumbo recalls De Vegetarische slager brand Burger Végétarien mc² / Veggie burger (160g; Lots 108382N26, 108484N26, 108985N26, 109285N26; Best before 21-04-2021 to 30-04-2021, inclusive) due to possible foreign matter (pieces of plastic) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Scandic Food A/S recalls REMA 1000 Økologisk Mayonnaise / Organic mayonnaise (210g; Lot L4; Best before 26-11-2021) due to potential for mold growth.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Orkla Care A/S recalls multiple Psyllium Husk products due to Salmonella contamination. The products have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella infections in Denmark. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Orkla Care A/S recalls HUSK Psyllium mavebalance Basic (kapsler) / Psyllium Stomach Balance Basic (capsules) (225 capsules; Batch #505433; Best before 30.09.2023) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Sobomar Atlantique recalls KERALIOU brand Telline (Donax trunculus) shellfish (3kg; Lots MB37766, MB37773TEL & MB37761) due to presence of marine biotoxins.

Food Safety Recall (France): ARGIS-GALAC’SEA Argisfood recalls Casino brand Crevette entières tropicales surgelées / Frozen whole tropical shrimp (400g; Lot VN/532/V/072; Best before 02/12/2022) due to Vibrio parahaemolyticus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SARL DE KERALIOU Keraliou recalls Keraliou brand Tellines (Lots MB37766, MB37773TEL & MB37761) due to presence of marine biotoxins.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Renzini SpA recalls PEPE NERO salame di cinghiale / Black pepper wild boar salami (0.2 kg; Lot #61104910; Best before 24/04/21) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): The Vegetarian Butcher recalls Vegetarian Butcher HACK-SEELIG / The Vegetarian Butcher Hack-Selig Burger (160g; Best before 16.04.2021 & 21.04.2021; Lot numbers beginning with 1078 & 1083, respectively) due to possible foreign matter (pieces of plastic) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): La Provençale recalls multiple La Provençale brand METTWURST ET BIERSTUMPEN sausage products due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): K. Iraklidis & Söhne recalls REWE Beste Wahl brand Snacktomaten mit Kräutern / Tomato snack with herbs (150g; All Best before dates) and REWE Beste Wahl brand Snacktomaten mit Meersalz / Tomato snack with sea salt (150g; All Best before dates) due to foreign matter (glass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall Update (UK): Nutricia recalls Cow & Gate and Aptamil Muesli products because some packs have been found to contain pieces of apple stalks. Please refer to the recall notice for complete details on the affected products.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Allergy Alert (Israel): Target Sweets Ltd. recalls Bitter chocolate stuffed with nougat (100g; All expiration dates) and Bitter chocolate with nut chips (100g; All expiration dates) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Israel): Factory at Tania Ltd. recalls SMSi with meat filling (Use by 17/04/2021, 01/05/2021 & 15/05 / 2021) due to undeclared sesame.

Meow Mix® dry cat food recalled due to Salmonella

The J.M. Smucker Co. (Smucker) has recalled two lots of Meow Mix® dry cat food due to potential Salmonella contamination.

The recall is being carried out under cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The affected products are:

  • Meow Mix® Original Choice Dry Cat Food, 30-lb bag:- Lot code 1081804; Best if used by 9/14/2022; UPC 2927452099
  • Meow Mix® Original Choice Dry Cat Food, 30-lb bag:- Lot code 1082804; Best if used by 9/15/2022; UPC 2927452099

The two lots of recalled products were sold at select Walmart stores in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The company has received no reports of pet illness or adverse reaction.

According to the FDA, cats can be infected with Salmonella and shed the bacteria in their stools even if they are not showing symptoms. Salmonella can be spread within the household through litter boxes shared with other cats or by the cat roaming across various surfaces in the house, including food-preparation surfaces.

Infected cats may show symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, loss of appetite and decreased activity level.

What consumers should do

  • If your cat is experiencing any symptoms of Salmonella infection, consult your veterinarian.
  • If you or any member of your household is experiencing symptoms of Salmonella, consult your primary care physician.
  • If you have purchased Meow Mix® Original Choice Dry Cat Food, check the packaging to determine whether the lot code has been recalled.
  • If you believe Meow Mix® or any other pet food has made your pet sick, you can report a complaint electronically through the FDA’s Safety Reporting Portal or you can call your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. Be sure to provide the product name, lot code and place of purchase when you make your report so that the FDA can follow up effectively on your complaint.