09 November 2018

RECALL ALERT: Turkey - Salmonella Outbreak

Raw Turkey Recall
The CDC just announced that 74 more people have become ill and one person has died due to the July Salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products.
While NO product brands have been determined yet, and NO official recalls have been made, the outbreak has been linked to raw turkey products, live turkeys, and raw turkey pet food.
As of November 5th, the CDC has reported 164 people who have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading. 
The CDC is not advising that we avoid eating turkey this Thanksgiving or that retailers stop selling raw turkey products. They’re just recommending that we follow these steps to help prevent Salmonella infection from raw turkey:
  • Wash your hands. Salmonella infections can spread from one person to another. Wash hands before and after preparing or eating food, after contact with animals, and after using the restroom or changing diapers.
  • Cook raw turkey thoroughly to kill harmful germs. Turkey breasts, whole turkeys, and ground poultry, including turkey burgers, casseroles, and sausage, should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F to kill harmful germs. Leftovers should be reheated to 165°F. Use a food thermometer to check, and place it in the thickest part of the food.
  • Don’t spread germs from raw turkey around food preparation areas. Washing raw poultry before cooking is not recommended. Germs in raw poultry juices can spread to other areas and foods. Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils with warm, soapy water after they touch raw turkey. Use a separate cutting board for raw turkey and other raw meats if possible.
  • Thaw turkey in the refrigerator, in a sink of cold water that is changed every 30 minutes, or in the microwave. Never thaw your turkey by leaving it out on the counter.
  • CDC does not recommend feeding raw diets to pets. Germs like Salmonella in raw pet food can make your pets sick. Your family also can become ill by handling the raw food.