Approximately 36 million pounds of ground turkey have been recalled by Arkansas-based, Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation. The recall is due to possible Salmonella contamination according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The strain is multi-drug resistant.
Seventy-nine people in 26 states have been sickened. Of those, 22 people have been hospitalized and 1 death has been reported.
The turkey was distributed to retail stores throughout the nation.
Food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis if consumed. The infection can be fatal, especially for people with compromised immune systems – infants, elderly, people with HIV or those undergoing chemotherapy. Symptoms can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 6-72 hours. Additional symptoms can include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting can occur and persist for up to seven days.
For more information about the recall, visit the the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service website.
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