Raw turkey products linked to second Salmonella outbreak


Butterball is recalling 39 tons of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Schwarzengrund. The recalled products were shipped to institutional and retail locations nationwide.

5 confirmed illnesses in Wisconsin and Minnesota

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state of Wisconsin have confirmed five cases of Salmonella illness, four of them in Wisconsin and one in neighboring Minnesota.

The four Wisconsin outbreak victims were residents of a single assisted living facility, according to a spokesperson with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Outbreak strain found in Butterball samples

Three intact packages of Butterball ground turkey were obtained from the Wisconsin residence of that state’s outbreak victims. The strain of Salmonella Schwarzengrund recovered from the ground turkey was closely related, genetically, to the strain recovered from the patients.

List of recalled items

The following recalled raw ground turkey products were produced on July 7, 2018 and bear establishment number “EST. P-7345” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71556 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71546 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655-71561 represented on the label
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY FRESH 85% LEAN – 15% FAT” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC code 111141097993 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “FOOD LION 15% fat ground turkey with natural flavorings” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 3582609294 represented on the label.

2018 Salmonella Reading outbreak also linked to raw turkey products

CDC is continuing to monitor an earlier outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella Reading illnesses, also linked to raw turkey products. As of the last report, 279 cases have been confirmed from 41 states and the District of Columbia.

One person has died, and 107 have been hospitalized.

An additional 72 illnesses linked to this same outbreak have been reported by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The illnesses have prompted several product recalls in the US and Canada, including two brands of raw pet food in additional to food for human consumption.

What consumers need to know about Salmonella

  • The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days.
  • Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.
  • Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

What consumers need to know about the recalled products

  • Do not consume any of the recalled products and do not offer it to your pets.
  • Check your refrigerator and freezer for any recalled products.
  • Discard all recalled products in a protected container (such as a trash bin with a secure  lid) so that children and animals can not access the contaminated food.

 

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