The news comes as Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products after the USDA linked a pack of raw ground turkey to the cause of a patient's salmonella poisoning.
Jennie-O Turkey is recalling the ground turkey products due to an illness outbreak. It's unclear where the turkey at the center of this outbreak came from, as there doesn't appear to be one centralized distributor, the agency said.
The recalled products, affecting items with "Use By" dates of October 2 as well as October 1 for the 93 percent Lean product, include Jennie-O Ground Turkey 93 percent Lean, Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey, Ground Turkey 85 percent Lean, and Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey.
Those "use by" dates may seem like awhile ago.
1-lb. packages of "Jennie-O ITALIAN SEASONED GROUND TURKEY" with a "Use by" date of 10/02/2018.
The outbreak strain has been found in raw turkey products, raw turkey pet food, and live turkeys.
Before Thanksgiving meal preparation gets under way, it can't hurt to brush up on proper raw turkey handling techniques. Instead, the USDA says consumers should throw it away or return it to the place of purchase. FSIS continues to work with the CDC and state health departments on this investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available. Consumers who may have the recalled product in their freezer are urged not to eat it.
Salmonella in food is estimated to be responsible for 1 million illnesses a year. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Most people infected with the bacteria recover within a week without treatment, but serious cases may require hospitalizations for invasive infections, such as meningitis and bloodstream infections.
FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume raw poultry product that has been cooked to a temperature of 165°F.
Separate - Separate raw meat from other foods.