March 19, 2019

CSPI Wants USDA to Name Poultry Producers in Salmonella Outbreak

Center for Science in the Public Interest wants the USDA to name slaughterhouses and processing facilities who may be associated with the two recent Salmonella outbreaks tied to poultry. One of those outbreaks is ongoing. An ongoing Salmonella Reading outbreak linked to raw turkey products has sickened 279 people and hospitalized 107. One person living in California died in that outbreak. The last update on that outbreak was issued on February 15, 2019. And the Salmonella Infantis outbreak linked to raw chicken that sickened 129 people has just ended, according to the CDC. All the USDA will say is that these pathogens have been found in "many" processing establishments, and that "raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Reading." Several … [Read more...]

Raw Turkey Salmonella Reading Outbreak Grows to 279 Sick

The raw turkey Salmonella Reading outbreak has grown to include 279 sick people, according to an update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those patients, 107 people have been hospitalized, and one person who lived in California has died. That's an addition of 63 more people from 24 states and the District of Columbia. Illness onset dates range form November 20, 2017 to January 29, 2019. The patient age range is from less than 1 year to 101. Forty-eight percent of patients have been hospitalized. The case count by state is: Alabama (4), Alaska (2), Arizona (4), Arkansas (1), California (26), Colorado (6), Connecticut (4), Delaware (1), District of Columbia (4), Florida (12), Georgia (2), Hawaii (2), Idaho (4), Iowa (4), Illinois (23), Indiana (7), Kansas … [Read more...]

Raw Turkey Salmonella Reading Outbreak Investigation Updated

The raw turkey Salmonella Reading outbreak has been updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The case count remains the same as it was in the last update - 216 sick in 38 states, with 84 hospitalizations and one death in California. But another product has been tied to illnesses. The case count by state is: Alabama (4), Alaska (2), Arizona (3), Arkansas (1), California (16), Colorado (6), Connecticut (3), Delaware (1), District of Columbia (2), Florida (8), Georgia (2), Hawaii (1), Idaho (2), Iowa (4), Illinois (21), Indiana (5), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Maryland (5), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (8), Minnesota (18), Missouri (3), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (9), New York (15), North Carolina (8), North Dakota (2), Ohio (8), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania … [Read more...]

Salmonella Reading Turkey Outbreak: Number Five of 2018

The Salmonella Reading turkey outbreak is number five on our list of Top 10 Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2018. And this outbreak is ongoing. As of December 18, 2016, 216 people are infected by the outbreak strain. They live in 38 states. Eighty-four people have been hospitalized, and one person, who lived in California, has died. The case count by state is: Alabama (4), Alaska (2), Arizona (3), Arkansas (1), California (16), Colorado (6), Connecticut (3), Delaware (1), District of Columbia (2), Florida (8), Georgia (2), Hawaii (1), Idaho (2), Iowa (4), Illinois (21), Indiana (5), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Maryland (5), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (8), Minnesota (18), Missouri (3), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (9), New York (15), North Carolina (8), North Dakota (2), Ohio (8), Oklahoma … [Read more...]

Raw Turkey Salmonella Reading Outbreak Grows to 216 Sick

The raw turkey Salmonella Reading outbreak has grown to 216 sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eighty-four people are hospitalized and one person who lived in California has died. This outbreak has also sickened people in Canada. That's an increase of 52 more ill persons since the last update on November 8, 2018. The case count by state is: Alabama (4), Alaska (2), Arizona (3), Arkansas (1), California (16), Colorado (6), Connecticut (3), Delaware (1), District of Columbia (2), Florida (8), Georgia (2), Hawaii (1), Idaho (2), Iowa (4), Illinois (21), Indiana (5), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Maryland (5), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (8), Minnesota (18), Missouri (3), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (9), New York (15), North Carolina (8), North Dakota (2), … [Read more...]

Jennie-O Recalls Raw Ground Turkey Products for Salmonella Contamination

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, based in Faribault, Minnesota, is recalling about 164,210 pounds of raw ground turkey products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Reading. The USDA and officials are investigating illnesses associated with a Salmonella Reading outbreak that is linked to raw turkey products. This recall is part of traceback activities as part of that multistate outbreak. A sample of Jennie-O brand ground turkey in an intact, unopened package taken from a patient's home tested positive for Salmonella Reading. The bacteria found in the turkey is closely related genetically to isolates taken from the patient. The recalled products were produced on October 22, 2018 and October 23, 2018. They include: 3-pound packages of “Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 93% LEAN | … [Read more...]

Senators Ask USDA For Information About Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Turkey

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have sent a letter to the USDA to ask them to provide the public with more information about the deadly multidrug-resistant Salmonella Reading outbreak linked to raw turkey products. The letter reads, in part, "USDA’s failure to provide identifying information for contaminated turkey to the public in advance of the holiday season is simply unconscionable. As such, we demand that you reverse course and immediately disclose the names of the slaughter facilities and processing plants—and, if possible, the consumer-level brand names—linked to this dangerous outbreak, so that Americans across the country can come together without worrying for the safety of their friends, family, and loved ones." The USDA did release a … [Read more...]

More Jennie-O Raw Ground Turkey Recalled; Associated with Salmonella Outbreak

The USDA has quietly updated the recall notice for Jennie-O raw ground turkey to include another 55,888 pounds of the product, and another product was added to the recall list. This ground turkey is being recalled in association with a multistate Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 164 people in 35 states. The newly added recalled product is 1 pound packages of "GROUND TURKEY 90% LEAN | 10% FAT with a "use by" date of 10/2/2018. The turkey has the establishment number "P-190" inside the USDA mark of inspection. It was sold in retail locations nationwide. The list of stores that may have carried this Jennie-O raw ground turkey has been updated as well. It includes HEB stores in Texas, and many stores in Illinois. Look at the list of stores and the recall list closely. … [Read more...]

Who Sold Jennie-O Turkey Associated With Salmonella Outbreak?

Who sold Jennie-O raw ground turkey that is associated with a Salmonella Reading outbreak? The USDA has released a list of stores where the recalled Jennie-O ground raw turkey was sold. The 10 page list has stores in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin. Look at that list carefully to see if you shop there. Then use the information below to identify the products that were recalled. The recalled products are 1-pound packages of “Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 93% LEAN | 7% FAT” with “Use by” dates of 10/01/2018 and 10/02/2018; 1-pound packages of “Jennie-O TACO SEASONED GROUND TURKEY” with a “Use by” date of 10/02/2018; 1-pound packages of “Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 85% LEAN | 15% FAT” with a “Use by” date of 10/02/2018; 1-pound packages of “Jennie-O … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips To Keep Your Family Safe

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday in the U.S. But the food associated with this holiday, especially the turkey and stuffing, aren't commonly made by most consumers, so there are food safety risks. Foodsafety.gov is offering help with Thanksgiving food safety tips. Safe turkey handling is especially important this year, with the CDC notice of a deadly Salmonella Reading outbreak that has sickened 160 people, hospitalized 93, and killed one person in California. Officials have named some types of Jennie-O ground raw turkey in association with this outbreak, and recalled those products, but have not identified any more brands or producers of turkey. That means it's up to the consumer to make sure the turkey is safely and properly prepared. These Thanksgiving food safety tips will … [Read more...]

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