Six weeks after the USDA warned consumers about antibiotic-resistant salmonella that had contaminated ground turkey and made hundreds ill, Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation is recalling another 185,000 pounds of ground turkey products that may be contaminated with the same strain of Salmonella Heidelberg.
The recalled ground turkey products include:
Fresh Ground Turkey Chubs
* 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Fresh HEB Ground Turkey 85/15 with Use or Freeze by Dates of 09/12/2011, 09/13/2011, 09/19/2011 and 09/20/2011
* 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Fresh Ground Turkey with Use or Freeze by Dates of 09/19/2011, 09/20/2011 and 09/21/2011
Fresh Ground Turkey Trays
* 19.2 oz. (1.2 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey with Use or Freeze by Dates of 09/10/2011 and 09/12/2011
* 48.0 oz. (3 lb.) trays of Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh 85/15 with Use or Freeze by Dates of 09/17/2011, 09/18/2011 and 09/19/2011
* 48.0 oz. (3 lbs.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey Family Pack with Use or Freeze by Dates of 09/11/2011, 09/12/2011, 09/13/2011, 09/15/2011, 09/17/2011 and 09/18/2011
* 16 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey with a Use or Freeze by Date of 09/11/2011
Fresh Ground Turkey Patties
* 16.0 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey Patties with a Use or Freeze by Date of 09/18/2011
* 16 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Kroger Ground Seasoned Turkey Patties Fresh 85/15 with a Use or Freeze by Date of 09/17/2011
Look for establishment number "P-963" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on August 23, 24, 30 and 31 of 2011.
Consumers should return any recalled meat to the place of purchase. For more information, call 888-812-1646.
About the August 2011 ground turkey recall:
Originally published Aug. 4, 2011.
Months after illnesses were first reported, and days after the Department of Agriculture first issued an alert about salmonella contamination in ground turkey, Cargill has initiated one of the largest meat recalls in U.S. history.
Cargill is recalling 36 million pounds of ground turkey produced since February, though by now much of it would have been consumed. It's unclear how much meat is still on the market. Cargill is a $108 billion global food, farming, financial and industrial company, and through its subsidiaries it is one of the largest producers of beef and turkey products in the U.S.
The USDA has identified 79 people from 26 states made ill by exposure to Salmonella Heidelberg, a multi-antibiotic resistant strain of bacteria traced to a Cargill plant. One person has died, and officials believe the actual number of people made ill is much larger than the reported cases. Illnesses began to appear in March, but the USDA only warned consumers about the outbreak on July 29.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a growing concern, in great part because the meat industry routinely doses livestock with antibiotics in order to prevent disease on crowded, unhealthy feed lots. It's one of the chief concerns expressed, repeatedly, by food and environmental advocates who criticize the "industrial" food system. Whether or not this particular strain of salmonella originated because of feedlot conditions is unknown.
The New York Times reported:
Federal data shows that 10 to 15 percent of ground turkey typically is contaminated with salmonella. Federal data from tests in 2009 also showed that more than three-quarters of salmonella samples found on ground turkey was resistant to at least one type of antibiotic.
Those who thoroughly cooked the meat, and properly washed up after preparing food, are unlikely to have become ill, since cooking ground turkey to at least 165-degrees and washing hands and utensils with soapy water for 20 seconds is typically enough to kill the bacteria and prevent infection.
The ground turkey recall includes the following products with the establishment number "P-963" inside the USDA mark of inspection, with use or freeze-by dates of Feb. 2, 2011 through Aug. 23, 2011:
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