Salmonella Triggers Turkey Recall

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 3:28pm

Meatpacking giant Cargill recalls 36-million pounds of ground turkey after dozens fall ill.

A massive recall of ground turkey meat is underway.

Meat giant Cargill says it's recalling fresh and frozen ground turkey products produced at its Springdale, Arkansas plant since February 20th and suspending ground turkey production at the plant.

The Centers for Disease Control says tainted turkey may be behind a salmonella outbreak in 26 states that's left one person dead and close to 80 others sick.

"You can be sick for up to a week with fever, chills, aches, diarrhea. It can really be quite a hit when you sick with a salmonella infection," warns Dr. Craig Conover.

In a statement on its website Cargill's president Steve Willardsen said:

"It is regrettable that people may have become ill from eating one of our ground turkey products and, for anyone who did, we are truly sorry."

The CDC says this particular strain of salmonella is resistant to many commonly prescribed antibiotics, making treatment difficult.

The ground turkey was sold under name brands like Honeysuckle, Kroger, Riverside, Heb, Safeway, Fit and Active, Shady Brook Farms and Spartan.

It was available at grocery stores in the following states: Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
 

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